$20.00 – $64.00
Apricot, Tangelo, Chocolate
Origins: Kenya, Micro Lot Gikanda
Altitude: 1600-1900 MASL
Variety: SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11, Batian, K7
The Gichathaini factory is one of three washing stations that comprise the Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society (F.C.S.), which is in the Mathira West district of Nyeri in Kenya. There are about 1,045 registered members and 770 active members who use the mill and, subsequently, are able to make elective decisions regarding factory representation and management. The factory is located about six kilometres from Karatina town, and the conditions in the area are typically ideal for coffee: abundant rainfall, reliable average temperatures, fertile soil, and fresh water from the Ragati river.
Coffee is picked and delivered ripe to the factory, where it’s sorted before being de-pulped the same day as delivery. It is fermented overnight, washed using clean Ragati river water, and then moved to the drying beds. The water used in the washing process is recirculated for conservation purposes, and moved to soak pits away from the fresh-water sources to prevent contamination.