This AB lot was produced by numerous smallholder farmers, all of whom are members of the Gakundu Farmers Co-Operative Society (FCS) delivering to Gakundu Coffee Factory (as washing stations/wet mills are called in Kenya). The factory is located north of the town of Mutundury, in Ngandori West in Kenya’s Embu County.
Gakundu is one of four factories operated by the FCS (the other three are Gakui, Gichugu and Kamviu) and is one of the earliest of the group, as it was formed in 1964. The FCS as a whole has around 3,000 active members, and about 1,200 deliver coffee cherries to the Gakundu Factory. The advantageous position of Gakundu Factory certainly helps. It is located at the base of Mt. Kenya, with amazing views on a clear day, perfect soil and microclimate for high quality production and
valuable access to the famous Rupingazi River for water. The River was formed when Mt. Kenya was still an active volcano and is characterized by hard deep black volcanic rock and cool clean water flowing from Mt. Kenya.
The washing station serves several towns in the region. Members are all smallholders with around a half hectare or less of land. Coffee is usually grown on only a small part of the ‘shamba’ (farm), and farmers grow other crops such as carrot, banana and fruit to help support and feed their families.
This Kenyan coffee has the classic fruitiness that we love. Juicy blackcurrant note on the first sip, finish with loads of berries and plum aftertaste. We like to brew with V60 to enjoy this morning cuppa.