Blackcurrant, tinned strawberries and pink lemonade
Another classic Nyeri region Kenyan from the Gaturiri factory. Located in the Nyeri district in the Southern part of Mt. Kenya and is part of the Barichu Cooperative Society. Gaturiri serves about 1,100 small scale producers and produces approximately 600 tons of cherry. Fresh river water from the Kirigu river is used during processing. Gaturiri is a Kikuyu word for “the shrubs.” The area for being a place people visit to collect herbs for medicines for humans and livestock.
The Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society is located in the Mathira East Sub-County in Nyeri. It is currently composed of four factories, Karatina, Karindundu, Gaturiri and Gatomboya. It was registered in October 1996 with the Cooperative Development and Coffee Board of Kenya. It has 5,800 registered members and produces 3 million to 5 million kilos of coffee per year. Barichu works to offer its members access to credit for school fees, farm inputs and emergencies. Its goal is to share information with farmers regarding crop husbandry and other agricultural practices important to coffee. It has a demonstration plot financed by Tropical Farm Management and a nursery that serves the whole community, providing mature seedlings to help reduce drops in production or income for farmers.
We feel lucky to have been able to source this particular coffee through our friends at Coffee Nexus since it is becoming harder to find great Kenyan coffees. They used to be considered to be some of the best in the world. Clean, bright and zinging with acidity with juicy and jammy blackberries and blackcurrants as the predominant flavour profiles. But, the decline in Kenyan coffee production, its reasons and consequences have been well documented and this recent post by one of our industries leading educators is well worth a read if you'd like to understand more.