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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 sources 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 anything but typical. Sure, it has some of that tangy, fruity acidity that Kenyan coffee lovers seek out, but it also has some remarkable savoury qualities. The aroma reveals something like browned butter, with a hint of spice, and when you taste it, you'll find a sweetness that may remind you of fruit preserve - we thought it was particularly reminiscent of quince.
In terms of brews, we particularly loved this coffee in our Aeropress and our siphon, though we also had some tasty results in longer Chemex-style pour-overs. The coffee seems to like immersion and slightly longer extraction times, but also paper filtration.
- Flavour: Browned Butter, Stewed Fruit, Hibiscus
- Body: Creamy, Medium
- Roast: Light-Medium
- Acidity: Tangy, Citrus
- At its best: Aeropress, Pourover, Siphon
- Owner: approx. 500 smallholder members deliver to the washing station; FCS = 5,000+ active members
- Mill: Gititu Factory; Gititu Farmers Cooperative Society
- Varietals: Mostly SL28, SL34 & Ruiru 11
- Processing: Fully washed & dried on raised beds
- Altitude: 1,600 - 1,700 masl
- Town/City: Kiambu
- Region: Kiambu County
- Country: Kenya