Kenya is probably the one origin that almost everyone in the coffee industry loves and gets excited about, this makes our KENYA: GICHATHAINI AB Coffee a fabulous coffee.
The Gichathaini wet mill is one of three washing stations that make up the Gikanda Farmer’s Cooperative Society in the Mathira West District of Kenya’s Nyeri region.The name Gikanda is made up of the three factory names: GIchathaini + KAngocho + NDAor-ini. They have been an outstanding cooperative for years.
This factory itself is actually owned by the coffee farmers that deliver cherries to be processed. 1045 members make up the cooperative society, of which 770 actively sell their coffee through the mill and in turn, make elective decisions in terms of representatives and management positions at the factory. The factory is located about 6 km from the town of Karatina. The conditions in this specific area are ideal; abundant rainfall, average temperatures of 15°C to 26°C, fertile soil, and clean water from the Ragati river.
Once coffee is picked ripe, it is delivered to the factory on the same day and depulped. It is then set to wet ferment overnight to break down the sugars. In the morning, the coffee is washed using Ragati river water and then moved to raised drying beds. The water used during the fermentation and washing processes is recirculated for conservation purposes and moved to soak pits away from water sources so that it can naturally filter into the earth and not pollute the area. When the coffee is on the raised beds it is hand turned and sorted.