Kenya GichathainiHibiscus • Minty • Tayberry •
DIRECT TRADE COFFEE
In the cup, expect intense red berries and hibiscus, sweet herbs, and a transparent, juicy mouthfeel. Very refreshing, fruity, and tasty coffee!
- Producer: Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society
- Country: Kenya
- Region: Nyeri, Nyeri County
- Elevation: 1800 m.a.s.l.
- Variety: SL28, SL34
- Roast Level: Light Filter Roast
49th Parallel Crop To Cup Story
Gichathaini Coffee Factory is one of three that comprises the Gikanda Cooperative Society located in Nyeri, central Kenya. This factory is collectively owned by the 800+ smallholder farmers in the surrounding area who provide their own coffee cherries for production. The majority of them (90%+) are growing the famous SL34 variety, with some SL28, Batain and Ruiri 11 also in the mix.
Receiving assistance from Coffee Management Services (CMS), the factory is always striving to increase the quality and quantity of coffee produced and in turn support the numerous smallholders that it works with.
The factory is Fairtrade, UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certified, with a conscious effort made to conserve water used in the coffee production process. The water used is drawn from the nearby Ragati river using gravity-fed channels, and is re-circulated during processing for conservation purposes. After processing it is drained into soak pits away from other water sources, avoiding pollution in the surrounding area.
As is common for most Kenyan coffees, all cherries are depulped then fermented for 18-36 hours in shaded tanks and fully washed before being sun-dried for 12-20 days on raised beds.
Ratio: 1g coffee to 16-17g water / Slurry temperature (coffee+water): 200 - 205 ̊F – 93 - 96 ̊C / Extraction: 20 - 21% / TDS 1.38-1.41%
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