Because of lockdown-related roasting schedule changes, we unfortunately cannot guarantee that these beans will be within 2 weeks of roast date.
We receive fresh deliveries of these coffee beans several times per week. Please allow up to 2-3 working days after you order for dispatch in case we need to wait for the next delivery.
What is it about Origin's Kenyan ABs that captivates us so? Our friends on Hudson street probably release more of these lots than anyone else we work with, and yet, we welcome each of them with enthusiasm. It's not just that they're delicious, but also that each one is so unique. Despite 4 years of collaboration, Origin still manages to have distinct flavours and new discoveries to share with us with every new Kenyan coffee.
Like most of their Kenyan releases, this lot is an AB lot. That isn't a quality grade, but rather a screen size - in other words, it's a lot of slightly smaller beans than their AA brethren. While AAs often take top billing, many ABs have wonderful profiles to offer, and we tend to find that this includes a more subtle level of acidity.
This AB lot comes from the Gititu Washing Station in Kiambu, and is part of one of the oldest farmers' cooperatives in the country. Gititu means forest, the name being an homage to the natural environment which surrounds the many small-scale coffee farms that grow these coffees.
In the cup, this Kenyan is archetypal, while having plenty of its own personality. It has some wonderful tangy, bright acidity, most reminiscent of tart berries, like blackcurrant, but it also has some intriguing tropical and stone fruit notes. Sometimes the flavour profile even seems to remind us of quince preserve. In the cupping bowl, we also found lots of green grapes.
While it is a versatile coffee, it can be a touch temperamental, and you might find you get the best out of it in longer, gentler brew methods like a French press or a Chemex. When you get it just right, this coffee will win your heart though, so be sure to experiment with your brewing variables and see what you can find in the cup!
- Flavour: Wine grapes, blackcurrant, strawberry finish
- Body: Velvety
- Roast: Light-Medium
- Acidity: Winey, Lime
- At its best: Espresso, Aeropress, Pour-over
- Owner: Gititu Farmers
- Mill: Gititu Factory; Gititu Farmers Cooperative Society
- Varietals: Mostly SL28, SL34, some Ruiru 11 & Baitan
- Processing: Fully washed & dried on raised beds
- Altitude: 1,600 - 1,700 masl
- Town/City: Kiambu
- Region: Kiambu County
- Country: Kenya