Kenya AB Gakundu
|Bag Weight||60 KG BAG|
About This Coffee
This AB top lot is from Gakundu factory, operated by Gakundu Farmer's Co-operative Society in Embu county. Gakundu factory sits at an altitude of 1,650masl and processes cherries from 1,262 local smallholder farmers. Farmers are encouraged to intercrop with banana and maize, as well as Grevillea and Macadamia trees to provide shade and promote soil health. Via a central fund set aside from the previous year's harvest, co-operative members can access pre-financing for farm inputs, school fees and other investments. The members are also provided with ready access to inputs, Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) seminars and sustainable farming education. The overall goal is to increase production and quality for the members in order to secure higher income.
|Producer Type||Washing Station|
|Variety||Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28|
|Coffee Grade||KEN CA WA AB|
|Bag Weight||60 KG BAG|
|Bag Types||Grain Pro / Ecotact|
The region of Embu is located in the South Eastern foothills of Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in the country and second highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro. The extinct volcano forms the backdrop for much of the surrounding country, as well as contributing to the soil fertility and cool air which allows Kenyan coffees to develop such excellence in the cup.
Bordering Kirinyaga county to the west, Embu is one of Kenya’s traditional coffee growing regions. Agriculture represents the largest sector of the local economy, with specialty coffee playing a significant role as a cash crop alongside tea and macadamia nuts.
The coffee cherries are hand sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go into production. The pulp is removed and the coffee is fermented for 24-36 hour under close shade depending on climate temperatures. After fermentation the coffees are washed and again graded by density in washing channels. They are then taken to the drying tables where they will be sun dried on African drying beds for 12 to 20 days (this time depends on weather conditions). Coffees are covered in plastic during midday and at night to protect the beans from night moisture and rains.
- Status Spot
- Subregion Embu
- Producer Type Washing Station
- Wet Mill Gakundo
- Processing Washed
- Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
- Plant Species Arabica
- Variety Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28
- Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AB
- Growing Altitude 1600-1800m
- Screen Size 15/16
- Origin Kenya
- Warehouse Vollers Group Uk
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- CTRM Contract Number P8001666-1
- Price Per Kg £10.50