Unlike our other three Kenyan coffee selections this year, all of which hail from the country’s Kirinyaga region, this lot from Githembe is produced in Kiambu county. We’re finding it less berry-driven, with more florality and a tangy apple-like fruitiness

The Washing Station

The Githembe washing station, or factory, was built in 1969, as a pivotal point for processing high-quality Kenyan coffee. Once coffee cherries are delivered there is an initial sorting phase overseen by the reception clerk. They use a traditional 3-disc Agaarde pulping machine, and the depulped mucilage-covered parchment coffee is graded before and after fermentation for Kenyan AA coffee, meeting the strict criteria. They practice a dry fermentation stage of between 18 and 24 hours after which point the mucilage is scrubbed off in tiled washing channels, which aid in grading the coffee by density. The coffee is subsequently soaked to improve cleanliness and homogeneity.  

In an attempt to safeguard against theft, the processed parchment coffee is transported to another factory run by the same Farmers’ Co-operative Society as Githembe (Thiririka FCS) for drying, where they are able to consolidate their security resources.

The Farmers’ Co-operative Society 

Thiririka FCS (named for a local river) runs the Githembe factory as well as Kiganjo and Ndundu. Kiganjo is the site where coffee processed at Githembe is dried. This is done on raised beds for between 9 and 14 days, with the coffee being covered over during the hottest parts of the day as well as overnight.

With 2,400 members in the FCS around 1,500 are active. The members are all using certified seed stocks from Kenya’s CRI (Coffee Research Institute). Part of their operation involves providing their contributing smallhold farmer members with agronomical training and materials. Advice is dispensed such as how and when to clear weeks, prune the coffee trees, apply mulch and use fertilisers..

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Savor the Crisp and Refreshing Flavours of Kenyan Coffee: Githembe AA.

Handege, Kiambu County, Kenya

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Tasting notes:

Crisp & refreshing with a snappy acidity. A refined sweetness like rosy-apple boiled sweets underpins ethereal aromas of elderflower, vanilla & peach.

Collections: All Products , Coffee

Category: Single Origin Filter

Type: Filter

Coffee Information

Producer Thiririka Farmers' Co-operative Society

Harvest January, 2023

Process Hand-picked & sorted, traditionally depulped & dry fermented for 18-24 hours, fully washed, soaked & dried on raised beds.

Variety SL28, SL34 & Batian

Region Handege, Kiambu County, Kenya

Country Kenya

Altitude 1,600 to 1,800 metres

Arrival May, 2023

More on Pre-Ground

From finest to coarsest, the filter grind settings we are offering are as follows:

  • Fairly Fine (1 Cup Pourover/AeroPress/SteepShot)
  • Fine-Medium (2 Cup Pourover/Clever Dripper)
  • Medium (French Press)
  • Coarse (Moccamaster/Autobrewer/Chemex)
  • Our pre-ground options are designed to map to a particular dose of coffee as much as the brewers mentioned. If you’re brewing just 15g in a 2 Cup V60 brew cone as it is the only cone you have, you should opt for the 1 Cup V60 grind size. Similarly, if you are just brewing 30g in a MoccaMaster, you should opt for a finer grind setting, like the 2 Cup V60.

    We would advise using these as starting points:
  • 12-18g: Fairly fine
  • 19-28g: Fine-medium
  • 29-55g: Medium
  • 56-80g: Coarse
  • Please note that pre-ground coffee will be delivered in a different bag to its whole bean counterpart. This is to ensure easy access when it comes to measuring our your dose. You will also find a ‘Ground on’ date on the bag in place of a ‘Roasted on’ date – we advise brewing your pre-ground coffee within 2 weeks of the ‘Ground on’ date.

    For more information on our approach to pre-ground coffee, visit our learn section here.


    • All our whole bean coffee is packed in 250g, nitrogen flushed and valved bags
    • Available as whole bean or pre-ground.
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