REGION: Nyeri Country FARM: Cooperative FARMER: Gikanda FCS
VARIETAL: SL 28 + SL 334 ALTITUDE: 1600 - 1900 M PROCESS: Washed ROAST: Medium - Light
This enjoyable cup offers sweet and savory flavors that are both intense and unique. It's acidity can best be likened to that of marinara sauce. it has a really nice body throughout. With a floral and lemon verbena aroma, it also has a pink peppercorn flavor. These coffee flavors are based on our roasting and brewing processes. Your own roasting may have an affect on these flavors.
Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society: Gichathaini is one of three factories/washing stations that form the Gikanda Farmers' Cooperative society. The factory itself is owned by the coffee farmers who deliver cherries to the station. Currently there are 897 members, of whcih roughly 770 are active and sell their coffees through the factory. The washing station is located on the Eastern side of Mt. Kenya national park about 6 km from the town of Karatina. The conditions for growing coffee are near perfect: abundant rainfall throughout the year. The daily average temperatures range from 59°F - 78°F. The water used is drawn from the nearby Ragati river using gravity-fed channels and is re-circulated during processing for conservation purposes.
Farmers selectively hand-picked red ripe cherries that are delivered for wet milling the same day. The parchment is then fermented, washed and sun-dried. The coffee is then sold either through the Nairobi auction direct to overseas buyers.