Kenya AB | Thirikwa

Kenya AB | Thirikwa


Kenya AB - Gakuyuini - 12oz.

Region: Kirinyaga East District

Producer: Thirikwa CoOp, Gakuyuini Wet Mill

Altitude: 1600 - 1700 masl

Varieties: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11

Process: Fully Washed, Sun Dried

Butterscotch, Cherry Tomato, Rye

Light Roast

This coffee was produced by smallholder farmers belonging to the Thirikwa Farmers Cooperative Society delivering to the Gakuyuini wet mill (locally known as a ‘factory’), located near the towns of Kerugoya and Kianyaga in Central Kenya.

Gakuyuini (var. Gakuyu-ini) is the Cooperative’s sole wet mill.

Small holder farmers delivering to the mill hail from the surrounding villages of Githiru, Gituba and Mukure.

These small farms (producing an average of 200-250 trees each) dot the southern slopes of Mt Kenya at 1,500 to 1,900 masl - taking advantage of the extremely fertile volcanic soil & high altitudes.

Gakuyuini has a membership of 1,553 active farmers (674 of which are female). 

In addition to the SL28 and SL34 varieties, that are almost ubiquitous around Kenya, this lot contains some Ruiru 11. Ruiru 11 is named for the station at Ruiru, Kenya where it was developed in the '70s and released in 1986. The variety is slowly becoming more widespread in the region due to their resistance to Coffee Berry Disease and Coffee Leaf Rust and has been backcrossed with SL28 and SL34 to ensure high cup quality.

Farmers contributing to this lot pay stringent attention to cultivation methods and regularly apply compost and farmyard manure to ensure soil fertility.

AB refers to the bean size & is how Kenya categorizes their coffees

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