The Githiru Farmers’ Cooperative Society is composed of 840 farmers, 272 of whom are women, who have organized around the Githiru Factory where the coffee is processed. These smallholders generally manage half acre plots averaging 250 coffee trees. The coffee they produce is washed processed, where the fully ripe cherries are pulped, fermented and washed to finally be dried slowly over 2-3 weeks where the moisture content is reduced to 10-12%.
Nyeri County, where the cooperative is located, has cool temperatures and fertile central highlands, lying between the Eastern base of the Aberdare (Nyandarua) Range. One of the characteristics of this region are red volcanic soils rich in phosphorus and well drained. Thanks to these characteristics most of the coffee produced in Nyeri develops and matures slowly producing extra dense and flavorful beans. This quality is also evident in the cup which is why Nyeri is traditionally known as the heart of Kenya’s black gold coffee.
Region: Nyeri County
Farmer: Githiru Farmers’ Cooperative Society - 840 farmers with 272 being women, all small stakeholders
Variety: SL28, SL34
We Taste: Blackberry, Date, Tamarind