We bought both the AA and PB from Gichathaini this year and they are both stunning in their own ways. In the AA we're finding more high notes of red berries and white grapes with a wine like element. An underlying jammy sweetness is typical of a Kenyan coffee and does not lack the complex body and fruit combination the region is known for.
Producer VARIOUS SMALLHOLDERS
Varieties SL28, SL34
Altitude 1600-1800 MASL
In Gatundu, about a 10 minute drive outside the town of Karatina in Nyeri, you can find the Gichathaini factory and the 900 local farmer members who deliver their cherries to this co-op. One of the most forward thinking and consistently successful factories in Kenya, Gichathaini have invested well in improving both the living standards and agricultural practices among their members. Preserving the natural resources is also a cornerstone of their work. In order to save electricity, water for processing is channelled in from the Ragati river, recirculated and disposed of in several soaking pits away from the natural water sources. The pulp left from the processing is moved to a dedicated storage structure where the farmers can collect it to use as mulch on their farms, improving the soil structure and nutrition.