GATHAITHI [peaberry] filter roast

This is another great Kenyan. It has sparkling acidity with flavours of rhubarb, blood orange & raw sugar.

Roasted on 27 FEB 2024

About the farmers

Gathaithi {peaberry] — Kenya

Gathaithi Coffee Factory is owned by the 1656 members of the Gathaithi Farmers' Cooperative Society. The factory was built in 1967 & until 2000, was part of a larger cooperative, the Tetu Coffee Framers Society. The washing station is 160 km north of Nairobi, sandwiched between Mt. Kenya & the Aberdare Mountain Range. The average farm size is 1/2 an acre with 120 coffee plants. At harvest, coffee cherries are hand-picked & then taken to the factory the same day. They are washed then sorted to remove any over/under-ripe cherries & foreign material. The cherries are then de-pulped & left to dry ferment overnight. The following day, the coffee beans are washed, soaked, and then spread out to dry on raised beds for 7-15 days.

Vive L'Afrique

  • region Nyeri County
  • farm/farmer Small-holder
  • altitude 1720 meters
  • crop 2023
  • cultivar SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, Batian
  • process Washed

SL28 was bred by Scott Laboratories in 1931 using various coffees from Ethiopia, Sudan & Yemen. SL34 is a mutation of French Mission Bourbon selected by Scott Laboratories in the '30s. Ruiru 11 was bred in 1985 at the Coffee Research Station in Ruiru. The aim was for a coffee plant with high resistance to coffee leaf rust & coffee berry disease. Batian, [named after the highest peak of Mt. Kenya] was bred at the Coffee Research Station for disease resistance & released in 2010.