Producer: Thirikwa Farmers Cooperative Society
Variety: Sl 28, Sl 34
Altitude: 1600 - 1700 MASL
Crop Year: 2021
Tasting Notes: Guava, Black Currant, Pink Grapefruit, Molasses
Gakuyuini smallholder farmers
Gakuyuini is a factory sitting on the slopes of mount Kenya, and takes advantage of the fertile volcanic soil in this area, and the altitudes ranging from 1600 - 1700 meters above sea level.
The factory is only 1.5 hours from Nairobi, demonstrating just how close the typical coffee growing areas of Kenya are to the city. the membership here is quite spread between male and females, with 674 female farmers and 879 male farmers.
Varietals: The smallholders mainly have SL 28, SL 34 and Ruiru 11.
Grade: AA, AB and PB refers to the bean size.
Production process: Cherries are hand sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go in to production. A disc pulping machine removes the skin and pulp. The coffees are graded by density in to 3 grades by the pulper. Grade 1 and 2 go separately to fermentation. Grade 3 is considered low grade. The coffee is fermented for 16-24 hours under closed shade. After fermentation the coffees are washed and again graded by density in washing channels and are then soaked under clean water from the Gatomboya stream for 16-18 hours.
Drying: Sun dried up to 21 days on African drying beds. Coffees are covered in plastic during midday and at night.