A mix of SL-28 and SL-34 varieties, and grown between 1,600 – 1,700 masl, this coffee is bold and fruit forward. Big, round red-fruit notes of cherry and cranberry congregate upfront followed by a lighter limeade effervescence that lingers. This coffee is bright, bold, and lively – everything that a Kenyan coffee should be.
People looking for an adventurous coffee experience and want to explore the more unique side of specialty coffee. Not for the faint at heart.
This coffee comes from the Thirikwa Farmers Co-op in the Kirinyaga region of Kenya. Located just south of Mount Kenya, the farmers here bring their coffee cherry to the Gakuyuini factory, from which this coffee gets its name. Though small in number, the co-op has been meticulously sorting, processing and exporting specialty coffee for many years, and its reputation for excellent quality commands high prices from coffee buyers year in and year out.
We love being able to provide origin trips to our team members here, and pre-COVID, we were fortunate to have 2 of our team members, Alex and Marc, travel to Kenya, and visit the Gakuyuini factory. It was an incredible experience for them, both enlightening and humbling to see all the hard work that goes into coffee production half a world away.
Rich with volcanic soil, the Kirinyaga region is recognized for a smooth body that supports the dynamic acidity which makes Kenyan coffees so unique.
Washed Coffees in Kenya are first de-pulped to remove the fruit from the seed. Some mucilage remains on the seed and a fermentation process is used next to remove the mucilage. After the mucilage is removed, the coffee seeds are washed and then laid out to dry on raised beds.
Origin // Kenya
Region // Kirinyaga
Co-op // Thirikwa Farmers Co-op
Variety // SL-28, SL-34
Elevation // 1,600-1,700 masl
Process // Washed
Flavor Notes // Bing Cherry, Cranberry, Limeade