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Gakuyu-ini AA

This coffee was produced by smallholder producers belonging to the Thirikwa Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS) delivering to the Gakuy-uini wet mill (locally known as a ‘factory’), located near the towns of Kerugoya and Kianyaga in Central Kenya.

Gakuy-ini is the Cooperative’s sole wet mill and, itself, is located at 1,600 metres above sea level. Smallholder producers delivering to the mill hail from the surrounding villages of Githiru, Gituba and Mukure, and their small farms (most of which are farmed as mixed use, with a blend of coffee trees – on average around 200-250 trees – and food crops) dot the southern slopes of Mt Kenya at 1,500 to 1,900 metres above sea level.

  • Farm Gakuyu-ini Factory
  • Varietal Ruiru 11 & Batian, SL34 & SL28
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 1,600 to 1,700 metres above sea level
  • Town / City Between Kerugoya & Kianyaga
  • Region Kirinyaga East District, Ngiriambu District
  • Owner 900 smallholder producers of the Thirikwa Farmers Cooperative Society
  • Tasting Notes Nectarine, maple syrup, ripe coffee cherry
  • Farm Size Less than 1 hectare on average
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Gakuyu-ini AA

The FCS is managed by a democratically elected board of 5 members and is headed by a Secretary Manager who oversees the day to day running of the FCS. 900 members of the FCS deliver cherries to the wet mill.

Producers contributing to this lot, though small scale and farming less than a hectare each, pay stringent attention to cultivation methods and regularly apply compost and farmyard manure to ensure soil fertility. Inorganic fertilisers are applied less frequently, though are often necessary throughout the year.

About Kenya

Despite its proximity to the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia, coffee growing was introduced in Kenya relatively late – by Scottish missionaries, initially, and then commercially around 1900. Despite the late start, today, it is a country renowned for having some of the best coffees in the world. Nonetheless, Kenya’s coffee sector faces challenges for the future, and low global prices combined with climate change and population growth have diminished the country’s output over the last decade.