The Kathima factory is under the Thambana Cooperative socie. It's also from a region we haven't been that active in, Embu, a neighbouring region to Kirinyaga at the slopes of Mount Kenya. Still, we have seen way more great coffees from Embu lately than in the past.
Thambana Farmer’s Cooperative Society gets its name from the river Thambana. The river originates on the slopes of Mt Kenya. Kathima coffee is a high grown top quality coffee from EMBU on the rich green slopes of Mt. Kenya, almost on the Equator.
They are supported by Tropical farm management, a company that supports smallholders to increase their coffee production as well as help the factories with quality control and traceability related to processing. The factory is also giving out the fruit after pulping for the farmers to make compost.
The coffees are traditionally processed with dry fermentation before washed and graded in channels and dried on raised beds. The farmers are mainly growing SL28 and SL34, but might also have other varieties mixed in.
Among the many Kenyan coffees we have cupped, this bean has a distinct brown sugar and plum sweetness and sourness, and the aftertaste has a long vanilla pod aroma. It is a very sweet coffee. It is very suitable for soothing body and mind at the end of a busy year, or for taking it to dinner with family and friends.