It so happens that I bought a pound of this immediately after it was released, having loved SM's Gatomboya AA in the past.
In any case, I'll taste Monday's properly-executed slow-start, fast-finish tomorrow and add notes below. (Properly-executed does not imply correct, of course.) Sadly, the fast-start, slow-finish was botched (tons of moisture in 1c from this coffee caused stalling and a 29% development ratio - I'll taste it anyway), so I'll probably buy a two pound bag so I can profile more. I'm currently experimenting with lowering my fan settings after struggling to retain aromatics in my roasts, so I'll probably use this coffee as a springboard for those investigations.
Green coffee: Gatomboya AA, Nyeri, Kenya
Green coffee density: High
Green coffee processing: Washed, Kenya Process
Roaster: Quest M3
Charge weight: 150.0g
Charge temp: 400 F MET
Moisture loss: 12.8%
"Dry"/Ramp/Development: 5:12/3:21/1:39, 10:12 total (vs. 5-3:15-1:15 goal)
FC-start temp: 379 F
Finish Temp: 402.5 F
This roast went mostly according to plan other than an extended development time due to tons of moisture in the green coffee. In retrospect, I should've noticed and applied heat more aggressively for my slow-finish profile, which wound up stalling out.
Notes, 4 days post
~1:17 ratio, 203.5 F, 2:20 for 179.5 g beverage
1.36 TDS, 20.34% extraction
Aroma: Honey-nectar, cherry, mango, cinnamon - so sweet!
Taste: Super intense with concentrated honey-nectar sweetness throughout the palate and a bit of a rustic molasses edge to the sweetness (not unpleasant). There's bright tropical fruit and a bit of spice. There's some red wine character reminiscent of a fruit-forward Malbec. As it cools, there's lime, blueberry, and raspberry, but this coffee is definitely a citrus and tropical fruit forward Kenya rather than a berry bomb - and that's most definitely what I prefer.
My flawed 29% development roast was actually pretty interesting and drinkable. It really brought out the spice character and a tobacco quality. I served it to some non-coffee-loving family members, and they loved it, but then again, they would've hated the roast that I loved. The overly long development time profile reminded me of what I was served in Wrecking Ball a few months ago.