TASTES LIKE Brown Sugar, Blackcurrant, GrapefruitPROFILE Distinct Kenyan aroma with vibrant acidity, crisp mouthfeel and zesty, riesling-like finish.
Gathaithi was a stand out coffee in Australia IN 2017 & 2018. Think grape fanta, honey sweetness & long lasting...it almost didn’t taste like coffee. So we froze a small amount of the 2018 crop, to showcase before the Kenya season kicks off in 2019. Seven Seeds visited in January 2018, at the end of the main harvest, to meet with Factory Manager Peter Karienye (pictured overleaf). We talked through processing, the pre-financing opportunities available to farmers, and sustainable farming practices. The Gathaithi Coffee Factory in Nyeri county, purchases cherry from 1250 smallholder farmers in the surrounding area. Wedged between Mt Kenya and Aberdare ranges, the mineral rich red-volcanic soil and good rainfall create rich conditions for two cropping seasons a year.
ORIGIN Gathaithi, Tetu District, Nyeri County, Kenya
PRODUCER 1250 smallholder farmers
VARIETIES Ruiru, SL28, Batian
PROCESS Washed: overnight fermentation, 7-15 days drying on raised beds
PARTNERS C. Dormans, Nairobi exporter
HARVEST November-December (70%) & May-June (30%)
CONDITIONS 1650 masl / 16-26°c av. temp / red volcanic soil / 1100ml an. rain
PRODUCTION 9000 trees, 60 tonnes annual
Buying Coffee in Kenya, The Auction
The Auction system dominates coffee buying in Kenya. Since 1934, the Nairobi Coffee Exchange has operated the trading of coffee, with a government mandate to seek greatest value and sustainability of the industry. Small & large coffee producers alike are able to sell their best coffees side-by-side. Cooperatives like Gathaithi employee an agent to sell their coffee at the auction, in this case, CMS. Seven Seeds engages C. Dorman, a coffee exporter, to purchase on our behalf, after receiving samples.
PARTNERS Auction Agent & Exporter: C. Dormans, Nairobi. Importer & transport to Melbourne: Condesa Co.Lab
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