Roundhill Roastery - Gakuyu Ini AA Kenya Washed (Filter)
Blackcurrant, Red Grape, Pomegranates
FARMER Thirikwa Cooperative
VARIETAL SL 28, SL 34, Batian, Rauiru-11
ALTITUDE 1600-1700 masl
Gakuyuini is a factory sitting on the slopes of Mount Kenya at 1600 - 1700 metres above sea level. The factory is only 1.5 hours from Nairobi, demonstrating just how close the typical coffee growing areas of Kenya are to the city. Gakuyuini factory is a part of the Farmers Cooperative Society called Thirikwa, this group has consistently achieved high prices for their coffees and have also paid the best prices to farmers for the past four years. The factory has almost as many female members as male: 674 female farmers and 879 male farmers.
Almost all our coffees in Kenya are grown by smallholder farmers, each with 1-2 hectares of land. Many farmers will grow different crops and maybe have as few as 100 coffee trees. The farmers are organised in Cooperative Societies that act as umbrella organisations for the Factories (wet mills), where the smallholders deliver their coffee cherries for processing.
The Gakuyuini factory recycles the water they use for processing the cherry and supports all their member farmers by distributing manure which is used as fertilizer.