Rich, sweet peach, tropical acidity, syrupy body, notes of Pink Lady apple, guava and rooibos tea.
Region: Kenya, Nyeri County
Elevation: 1,750 - 1,950 MSAL
Varietals: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11
Gachuiro is a washing station (or factory, as they are called in Kenya) located on the eastern side of Mt. Kenya National Park, in the Karatina Municipality of Kenya’s Nyeri County. Established in 1988, it is one of four active washing stations – along with its sister factories, Kiangundo, Ichuga and Kiamaina – owned by the Kiama Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Society (FCS).
Gachuiro receives coffee cherries from 401 of the cooperative’s farmer members (204 male, 197 female) who grow coffee trees on nearby shambas, located across an elevation of 1,700-1,950 meters above sea level. Once harvested, coffee cherries are delivered to Gachuiro, where they are processed and dried under the management of David Kamau (former manager of sister factory, Kiangundo), ahead of being transported to Nairobi for sale (either directly or through the auction system). Besides David, Gachuiro employs five permanent staff members and an additional two workers during the season.
Recently, the cooperative upgraded to digital scales, providing farmers and clerks with better accountability when coffee cherry is delivered. The property surrounding the factory also includes a model coffee farm and macadamia grove, as both of these are great resources to train the cooperative’s member farmers on the best agricultural practices and the importance of intercropping.