Kenya Gakuyu-IniBerry Jam • Black Currant • Dried Fig •
In this espresso from Gakuyu-ini, expect concentrated, vibrant berry notes with a sweetness reminding us of dried figs, supported by a jammy and syrupy mouthfeel.
- Producer: Thirikwa Farmers Cooperative Society
- Country: Kenya
- Region: Ngariama, Kirinyaga County
- Elevation: 1565 m.a.s.l.
- Variety: Sl28, Sl34
- Harvest Year: 2019
- Processing Method: Washed
- Roast Level: Light Espresso Roast
49th Parallel Crop To Cup Story
The Gakuyu-ini Coffee Factory in Kenya was built in 1982. Located on two acres of land, it serves the Githiru, Gituba, and Mukure Villages. In this region, farmers grow mainly SL28 and SL34 cultivars of Arabica coffee, both of which are great tasting while also being high yield. This factory is affiliated to Thirikwa Farmers’ Co-operative Society Ltd, and its membership currently stands at 1620, 1000 of which are active farmers.
The members of the factory perform all agronomic duties related to coffee production, including pruning of the trees, weeding, and correct applications of fertilizer. Planting material is sourced from the Coffee Research Station and grown according to standardized guidelines. Further direction is provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, through field visits and farmer training programs.
After pulping the coffee is fermented overnight, washed, soaked, and then spread on the raised drying tables to sundry. The parchment is frequently turned on the drying tables, sorted, and then stored awaiting delivery to the millers. The factory has invested in a pulper, a re-circulation system, and about ten conditioning bins, which help stabilize the coffee's moisture level.
Brewing ratio: 18 grams of freshly ground coffee / Timer for 28 - 32 seconds / Pull 37 - 39 grams of liquid espresso / Grouphead at 200 - 201°F / 9 bars at machine gauge