For the third year running we are excited to announce the return of this wonderful Kenyan coffee back into our range. It’s always difficult to buy the same coffees from Kenya each year as all the lots are sold via auction, which means fewer factories opt to commit to long term relationships. Thankfully, we’re fortunate to have secured a small amount of an AB selection from the Gachatha FCS (Farmers’ Co-Operative Society). This lot comes from week 18 of the harvest, which tends to be a period where there is more ripe and fully mature coffee cherry to select, resulting in a very full and complete sweetness to complement the fine acidity and fruit notes in the cup.
The Gachatha FCS operate just one washing station, which goes by the same name, and is incredibly focussed on producing quality coffee. The 900 or so farmers that contribute cherry tend to an average of 300 coffee trees and, through the FCS, have access to loans for school fees, subsidies on inputs for their plants and training in agronomy. The varieties grown in the Neri region of Kenya are predominantly SL28 and SL34, with Batian and Ruiru 11 varieties becoming a lot more common. This selection is almost entirely comprised of the SL28 variety, but also contains about 5% Ruiru 11.
Ripe coffee cherries are pulped and then fermented overnight, when temperatures dip to around 13°C, before being washed and graded the next day. They then undergo a further soaking stage to evenly disperse moisture throughout the seeds and to ensure parchment is squeaky clean before being dried on raised beds. The water used in processing the coffee cherry is then treated in ‘soak-pits’ to avoid contaminating the water table for the densely populated areas surrounding the factory.
As fun, fruity and delicious as ever, we’re finding Gachatha AB to be like a summer fruit punch — very refreshing and lip-smacking. Given the time of year, we’re also thoroughly enjoying the coffee brewed over ice and drank in the sun!
Refined yet generous. This sweet, winey coffee offers an abundance of fruit notes, including plum, blackberry, mango and cherry, all supported by a syrupy body.