Roast Level: Light - For Filter
Process: Washed and sundried.
Forest fruits, milk chocolate, raspberry leaf, soft and balanced
Grown: Nyeri, Mathira West District
Varietals: SL 34, SL28, Ruiri 11, Batian
Certification: Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade
Gichathaini is one of three factories (or washing stations) that together form the Gikanda Farmers’ cooperative society. The factory itself is owned by the coffee farmers who deliver cherries to the station. There are currently 897 members, of which roughly 770 are active and sell their coffees through the factory. One elected factory representative sit on the Gikanda FCS management committee and are involved in making major decisions for the factory and for the Gikanda society as a whole. The washing station itself is located on the Eastern side of Mt. Kenya national park about 6 km from the town of Karatina. The conditions for coffee growing are near perfect: there is abundant rainfall throughout the year, with concentrated wet periods between March-June and October- December. The average daily temperatures range from 15 C to 26 C with considerable cooling taking place at night. The water used at the station for fermenting and washing the coffee is drawn from the nearby Ragati river using gravity-fed channels and is re-circulated during processing for conservation purposes. After use it is moved into soak pits away from water sources so that it does not pollute the area.
Farmers selectively hand pick red ripe cherries that are delivered for wet milling the same day. The parchment is then fermented, washed and sun dried . Dry parchment is milled and bagged at Highlands coffee company ,marketed by SMS Ltd and exported by Sangana Commodities limited. The Coffee is then sold either through the Nairobi auction or direct to overseas buyers.