The Gichathaini factory is one of three washing stations that comprise the Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society (F.C.S.), which is in the Mathira West district of Nyeri. The factory itself is owned by the farmers who deliver their cherries here. There are about 1,045 registered members and 770 active members who utilize the mill and, subsequently, are able to make elective decisions regarding factory representation and management. The factory is located about 6 kilometers from Karatina town, and the conditions in the area are typically ideal for coffee; abundant rainfall, reliable average temperatures, fertile soil, and fresh water from the Ragati river.
Coffee is picked and delivered ripe to the factory where it is sorted before being depulped the same day as delivery. It is fermented overnight, washed using clean Ragati river water, and then moved to the drying beds. The water used in the washing process is recirculated for conservation purposes and moved to soak pits away from the fresh-water sources to prevent contamination.
|Region||Mathira West Disrict, Nyeri|
|Farm||Various smallholder members of the Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society|
|Variety||SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11, Batian|
Tasting notes: Rich sugary sweetness, syrupy mouthfeel, & complex flavors of cherry, raspberry, blackberry, grapefruit & tropical fruits.