TYEE-Kenya Gatomboya AB Sort
Gatomboya Factory (washing station) is part of the Barichu Farmers' Cooperative Society. The station collects cherries from about 600 smallholders with an average of 0.4 hectares of dedicated to growing coffee. The smallholders mainly have SL 28 and SL 34, but small amounts of other mixed varietals can occur. These varietals from Nyeri are known for intense, complex, and flavour-dense coffees.
Cherries are hand sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go in to production. An Agaarde disc pulping machine removes the skin and pulp. The coffees are graded by density in to 3 grades by the pulper. Grade 1 and 2 go separately to fermentation. Grade 3 is considered low grade. The coffee is fermented for 16-24 hours under closed shade. After fermentation the coffees are washed and again graded by density in washing channels and are then soaked under clean water from the Gatomboya stream for 16-18 hours. After washing, coffee is sun dried up to 21 days on African drying beds. Coffees are covered in plastic during midday and at night.
Tasting Notes– Citrus, Cane Sugar, Tropical Fruits
Importer – Bend Coffee
Region – Nyeri
Processing – Washed
Varietal – SL-28, SL-34 AB Sort
Farm/Processor – Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society
Elevation – 1600-1800m
Roast – Medium/Light