Blackcurrant & Hibiscus
Harvest: January 2018
Producer: Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society
Variety: SL-28, SL-34
Altitude: 1,600 - 1,900 masl
Arrival: July 2018
The central region of Nyeri is home to the extinct volcano of Mount Kenya; the rich, deep red soils produce some of the best coffees in Kenya, and arguably the world.
Gichathaini is one of three factories or washing stations that together form the Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society. The factory is owned by the coffee farmers who deliver cherries to the station. There are currently 897 members, of which 770 are active and sell their coffees through the factory. The average farm size of it's members is one acre, which is roughly 200 trees.
The washing station itself is located on the Eastern side of Mount Kenya National Park, 6km from the town of Karatina. The conditions for coffee growing are near perfect; there is abundant rainfall throughout the year, and average daily temperatures range from 15°C to 26°C with considerable cooling at night.
Tasting the new season harvests from Kenya has certainly been one of the highlights of our year so far. We are always amazed by the sheer quality of coffee produced here and the meticulous processing that comes with it. Over the years, Gichathaini has become a household name amongst speciality coffee shops and for good reason. This is probably the most expensive coffee we will purchase this year but having cupped all the coffees blind, this was the unanimous winner and simply too good to pass up.