Gikirima is a factory located in Embu, and it is owned by the Kibugu Cooperative (which is home to five factories in total).
Each lot consists of coffees from hundreds of smallholders from the area surrounding the washing station (factory). The team at the factory sort the cherries before they go into production. The coffees are traditionally processed with dry fermentation, before being washed and graded in channels, and dried on raised beds.
The farmers mainly grow SL28 and SL34, but as with almost all Kenyan cooperative coffees, there can be a mix of everything. Other common cultivars are K7, Ruiru 11 and now also Batian.
Kenya mainly produces fully washed coffees, and is considered by many as the world’s number one quality producer. There are more than 700 thousand coffee farmers (smallholders) representing about 55% of the production. The rest is mostly Estates.
Variety: SL, Batian, Ruiru 11
Crop year: 2023
Cupping score: 87
Altitude: 1500 - 1600
Structured, clean, and juicy. Herbal, with mild-fruit and florals like hibiscus. Flavours of green fruit, grape skin, blackberries. Sweet notes of brown sugar.