Kenya Gachatha AA
Kenya Gachatha AAA
- Country: Kenya
- Region: Karudu, Nyeri
- Altitude: 2100 masl
- Varietals: SL28, Batian, Ruiru 11
- Process: Fully Washed
Tasting Notes: Cranberry, lychee, pear
Roast to Order:
- Roast: Every Wednesday
- Dispatch: 1-3 days after roasting
- Whole bean only
Gachatha Coffee Factory, nestled on a 392-acre piece of land in Kenya, has a rich history dating back to 1963. It was founded to establish the Gachatha Farmers’ Co-operative Society Ltd. Co-op, and it has since grown to comprise 1,542 members. The factory's location, surrounded by the Muthuaini, Thiriku, Gachenge, and Kianjau villages, reflects its deep-rooted connection to the community.
Gachatha Coffee factory is perched on the slopes of the Aberdare mountain range in the Karundu location, Nyeri County, approximately 150km north of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. The area experiences moderate bimodal rainfall and maintains a year-round temperature range of 13 to 24°C. The primary coffee varieties grown here include SL28, Batian, SL34, and Ruiru 11. The region boasts deep, fertile, well-drained red volcanic soils ideal for coffee cultivation.
The coffee cherries are harvested and delivered to the factory, where they undergo wet processing to remove the skin and pulp. All factory wastewater is treated in soak pits to protect local waterways, indigenous trees and birdlife. The coffee is pulped using a disc pulper with three sets of discs and is then fermented overnight to break down sugars. It is subsequently cleaned, soaked, and dried on raised tables. The drying duration varies based on climate, ambient temperature, and production volumes, typically 7 to 15 days.
Gachatha Farmers Cooperative Society has over 1,000 active farmer members, each with 0.4-hectare farms containing 300 coffee trees. The cooperative employs nine permanent staff members and about 25 seasonal workers. Members can access pre-financing for school fees, farm inputs, and emergencies from the previous year's surplus, promoting transparent, trust-based relationships with smallholder farmers and inevitability elevating Kenyan coffee quality.
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