FLAVOR: Grapefruit, Pluot, Lemongrass
This medium-bodied coffee lays down a canvas of vibrant tasting notes, including bright grapefruit, floral lemongrass, and sweetly tart pluot. Each of these flavors blend seamlessly together, creating an exciting and invigorating cup that lingers on the palate at the finish.
Opened in 1994, the Gicherori Coffee Factory is part of the Kibugu Farmer's Cooperative Society, which currently has about 1200 members. Situated in Embu, Kenya the Gicherori Coffee Factory rests on the slopes of Mount Kenya, where the nutrient-dense volcanic soil and 1200 mm annual rainfall contribute to the superior quality of the coffee cherries. Once the coffee cherries are picked, farm workers deliver them to a nearby wet mill where they are mechanically depulped, fermented in large tanks, and then washed with clean water. The coffee is then dried on typical African raised beds where it is air dried between 11% to 13% before being brought the Central Kenya Coffee Mill for grading and sorting. In addition to increasing coffee production, the Gicherori Coffee Factory aims to implement more training seminars, provide educational resources, and improve sustainability for farmers. The community also gives special attention to the indigenous trees in the area, making sure to protect trees in order to sustain the native bird life in the region.
LOCATION: Embu, Kenya
PRODUCER, FARM: Kibugu Farmer's Cooperative Society, Gicherori Coffee Factory
ALTITUDE: 1650 MASL
VARIETAL: SL 28, Ruiru 11, Batian
PRODUCTION METHOD: Washed