Kenya Othaya FCS Gatugi Peaberry

Kenya Othaya FCS Gatugi Peaberry

Farm Description

Gatugi is one of several coffees we picked up from Othaya Farmer's Cooperative Society (FCS), an FCS that includes an impressive amount of wet mills, 18 in all, dating back to the late 1950s. Gatugi Factory sits at just under 1900 meters above sea level, right along the Ichamama River, which is fed from the Karima forest above. "Factories" are essentially small washing stations aligned with a particular "society" in Kenya, what we would call a "cooperative". We return to the societies who seem to regularly produce some of the best Kenya coffees, and each year we come across societies that are new to us as well. Being one of the older Kenya FCS, we are well aware of the quality coming out of Othaya, and have had the good fortune to buy a few stellar lots the past two years. It was purchased direct, not through the Kenya auction system, so we could avoid the risk of losing it. To do this we pay a price that is higher than what the top auction bid might be, but it means we get the exact lot we want. In this case we liked all three outturns and would up purchasing them all: AA, AB, and this final Peaberry lot.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The dry ground coffee has potent sweetness characterized by layers of raw and refined sugars, mixed with smells of fruit jam. Adding hot water, the wetted crust is loaded with sugar browning smells; pecan pie filling, milk candies, toffee/brittle, and butterscotch name a few of them, with a ribbon of dark berry paste strung through it all. At City+ roast level, the cup shows balance of sweetness and bittersweetness, core characteristics taking on flavors of simple syrup made with raw sugar, and the bittersweet touch of a toasty creme brûlée crust. Acidity is a little more restrained than some of our other Kenyas, but still bright when taken into context with a Burundi, Rwanda, or even many of our Ethiopian coffees, and a light citrus tea note lends a liveliness to the cup. Subtle top notes are revealed too as the cup cools: the musky spice notes of Darjeeling tea, cranberry jam, baked apple, and a spritz of lemon are sensed in low volume. Our City+ roast performed well as a pour over brew, sure to please those looking for focused sweetness. And with a profile anchored by a matrix of unrefined sugars, this coffee will show well at darker roast levels too.

August 2017 Arrival



Lot Size

5 x 60 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City to City+ kept high tones in focus, Full City showing more dark fruit and burned sugar flavors


Wet Process


SL-28     SL-34    

Grade & Appearance


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At the Gatugi coffee factory delivery site

Coffee cherry pulp that will be used as fertilizer at the farms

Lot separations at the final drying table, Gatugi factory

Removing the sun/rain cover from the drying parchment coffee

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