Heart Coffee Roasters - Kenya Gachatha AA

$23
Heart Coffee Roasters - Kenya Gachatha AA
8.1

Acidity

9.0 /10

Aftertaste

9.0 /10

Aroma

8.0 /10

Balance

7.0 /10

Body

5.0 /10

Complexity

10.0 /10

Flavor

8.0 /10

Forgiveness

9.0 /10

Sweetness

9.0 /10

Versatility

7.0 /10

Pros

  • Complex
  • Sweet up-front
  • Savory aftertaste

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Thin body

Some of you may recall that my favorite coffee from 2015 was the Kenya Gachatha AA, roasted by Case Coffee Roasters. Unfortunately, Case decided not to bring it back in 2016 because that year’s crop “didn’t cup well” according to one of their co-founders.

The good news is that the Gachatha’s 2016 crop could still be found amongst other roasters, and Heart Coffee Roasters (Portland, OR) is where I happened to find a bag.

Let’s see how it compared to Case Coffee Roasters’ 2015 roast.

General Notes & Observations

Roast: Light
Producers: Various (Gachatha Factory)
Country of Origin: Kenya
Region: Nyeri
Variety: SL-28, SL-34
Processing method: Washed
Growing altitude: 1700-1800 masl
Aroma: Honey, raisin
Roaster tasting notes: Black currant, strawberry, candied ginger
Coffee Concierge tasting notes: Peanut butter, honey mustard pretzel, raspberry, caramel, cinnamon

Summary

Although I didn’t think Heart Coffee’s 2016 version of the Gachatha AA was as good as Case Coffee’s 2015 version, it was still very good.

The complexity and sweetness was off the charts, making it an exceptional coffee for drip methods like the Hario V60 and Kalita Wave.

At the time of publication this coffee is still available, but I imagine it will go very quickly, so if you’re thinking of trying 2016’s Gachatha AA crop, now is the time to do so!

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