Coffee Reviews

Kenya Gachatha OT-18 – Onyx Coffee Lab

Andrew Pautler

Kenya Gachatha OT-18 - Onyx Coffee Lab

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Kenya Gachatha OT-18
  • Roaster
    Onyx Coffee Lab
  • Roaster Location
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Estimated Price
    $22.50 / 12oz
  • Flavor Notes
    White grape, sugar cane, peach, tamarind
  • Process
    Kenya washed & raised-bed dried
  • Varieties
    SL-28, SL-24
  • Country
    Kenya
  • Region
    Nyeri
  • Elevation
    2050 MASL
  • Producer
    Small-hold farmers
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    Cupping, V60, Chemex, Espresso

Coffee Scoring

9.3
Aroma
9 / 10
Body
8 / 10
Flavor
9 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
10 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
10 / 10
Aftertaste
10 / 10
Complexity
10 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Wonderful acidity
  • Interesting progression in each sip from intense acidity up front to more subtle attributes towards the end

Cons
  • Intense brightness that may not be for everyone
  • Felt just a bit thin in the body

Disclosure: Pull & Pour received coffee samples for this post, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Onyx sent their Roaster Sampler Box to me to sample a few of their coffees. The set included a variety of coffees from Ethiopia, Kenya, Guatemala & El Salvador. Each coffee was unique and delicious. In this review I’ll be focusing on the sample from Kenya, Kenya Gachatcha OT-18. I’ll be reviewing the Ethiopia and possibly the El Salvador in future reviews.

This coffee comes from the Gachatha Farmers Cooperative Society, which is well known as some of the best coffee coming out of Kenya recently. This one meets those expectations.

That said, you have to like bright coffees to enjoy this cup. Because I do, I thought this coffee was excellent. There is no doubt this coffee hits you in the face right away with a wonderful sweetness and intense brightness. It mellows out as you finish each sip, but even the aftertaste has a lingering acidity.

The Bottom Line

This coffee absolutely takes your mouth for a ride. The progression from the initial brightness into a smooth finish and then back to a lingering acidity in the aftertaste was one of the better flavor progressions I’ve had in awhile. If you enjoy bright, sweet cups of coffee, this is absolutely one you should try.

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