The Gichugu Factory is operated by the Gakundu Farmers Cooperative Society, which has roughly 1250 active members. Each farmer owns less than 0.5ha of land, used also for the production of crop and livestock. Each smallholder deliveries coffee cherry the same day it is harvested, where it undergoes a hand sorting to ensure only ripe cherry is processed. This lot from Gichugu Factory contains coffee varietals that are becoming more common in Kenyan lots in the past decade. Namely Ruiru-11, Batian and K7, these are chosen due to their high yield and resistance to Coffee Berry Disease. This is thought to be behind the trend in a move away from the classic Kenyan profile we all know well, and this coffee definitely follows that. The cup and nose are full of red berries, most prominently raspberry, bringing a vibrant acidity and delicate sweetness. As the Gichugu cools, the cup is taken over by the tart, sharpness of rhubarb.

BAGS PACKED AT THE FARM

PRE—ROAST AT OUR ROASTERY

POST—ROAST READY FOR POSTING

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