The Gicherori Coffee Wet-Mill (or Factory as they’re known in Kenya) began in 1994 as part of the Kibugu Farmer’s Cooperative Society. It is a centerpiece of the town of Kibugo, a dense section of Embu County. This community resides on the slopes of Mount Kenya and places a great importance on protecting the native trees in order to sustain local populations. Kibugo receives an abundance of rainfall and a prevalence of high quality coffee varieties of SL-28 and SL-34. Smallholder farmers from all over Embu deliver their fresh coffee cherries to community washing stations after picking.
Once delivered to the mill, they are depulped (the fruit skin and pulp is removed mechanically), then fermented in large tanks and washed with stored clean water. This water is cleaned before being led back into nature, which is common at most mills. After washing, the coffee is dried on typical African raised beds that allow good air circulation between the coffee, which is dried to between 11 and 13 % and then brought to the Central Kenya Coffee Mill in Nyeri for grading and sorting.
The Gicherori Factory plans to continue to engage their members in training seminars, access to education, and sustainable best-practices to follow. This includes maintaining a demonstration plot that farmers can visit and reference in relation to their own plots.
We are proud to bring this lot to your cup! Look for notes of red grape, wildflower honey, and dried figs in this remarkable coffee.