We have a direct relationship with the top exporter in Kenya and they, in turn, work with the coffee processing 'factories' in the best growing areas. Within those processing facilities small lots of coffees that exhibit special qualities are separated from the rest and this coffee was purchased directly from the factory by our exporter who must pay top dollar. We were presented with numerous lots and this Gaturiri was head and shoulders the favorite pick of all of our cuppers. Despite its considerably higher cost we bought this coffee for its unique attributes and obviously careful processing. It was then vacuum packaged in small 15kg bags and shipped two to a box to us, indicative of its special treatment. The coffee arrived at our roasting plant at the end of August 2013.
Name: Gaturiri Factory (wetmill)
Nearest Town: Karatina
Distance from Town: 3.5 km; 2 miles
Altitude: 1770 meters; 5800 feet
Avg trees per farmer: 300
Shade Trees: Gravellea, Macadamia, Eucalyptus
Production: All coffees are pulped, dry fermented, washed, soaked and sundried
Process: Cherries are hand sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go into production. Coffee is fermented for 24 to 36 hour under shade. After fermentation the coffees are washed and graded once more. This is followed by a soaking in clean water for 16 to 18 hours, the typical "Kenya Style" washed processing.
Drying: Sun drying for up to 21 days on African drying beds. Coffees are covered in plastic during midday and at night.
Harvesting Method: Hand
Main Crop Season: Oct - Jan
Varieties: SL 28, 34
The Gaturiri Factory (wetmill) is part of the Barichu Cooperative Society in Nyeri in Central Kenya. This district is known for complex, flavorful coffees with intensity. The area smallholder farms average only 300 trees, which roughly translates to 450 pounds of coffee, a tiny amount. The Barichu Cooperative Society acts as an umbrella organization for the factories, and smallholders deliver their coffee cherries to one of four local wetmills in the district, Gaturiri being one of them. It is a competitive environment in which farmers can freely choose the factory where they deliver their cherry for processing. Quality is rewarded and member farmers will bring their cherry to the factory that will pay the highest price, depending of course, that the quality is there in the first place.
This is very refined, delicate and sweet cupping coffee. You would be hard pressed to find a coffee drinker who does not like a quality Kenyan coffee; it is one of the most universally enjoyed coffees available.
Cup Characteristics: A big, complex coffee with layers of flavor. Big and tart at the outset, the flavors mellow on the palate end with a delicate long and dry finish. Dark berry, blackcurrant and raisin are evident in the cup. A sophisticated but very approachable coffee that will be universally enjoyed. We roast this coffee a bit lighter to preserve its berry flavors and some slight florality that shows at this roast level.