• Kenya | Gicherori
  • Kenya | Gicherori
  • Kenya | Gicherori
  • Kenya | Gicherori

Kenya | Gicherori

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FARM: Gicherori Washing Station
REGION: Embu County
ALTITUDE : 1650 - 1800 MASL
VARIETAL : Batian,
Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34
PROCESS : Washed

The Gicherori washing station was established by Kibugu Farmers' Co-operative Society in 1994. Based in Embu County, the co-op works with around 1100 local farmers who cultivate the varieties of Ruiru 11, SL28 and Batian at altitudes up to 1,800 masl. The area surrounding Gicherori is densely populated, so every effort is made to minimize impact. Gicherori has long-term goals to increase coffee production through training seminars and access to education and sustainable processes for the farmers they work with. 

Gicherori Station sits on the slopes of Mount Kenya in the Manyatta division of the Embu County. Rich volcanic soil, an annual rainfall of almost 2000m, and the abundance of SL28 and SL34 varieties all lend immense quality to the production of coffee in this specific area. The extinct volcano of Mount Kenya 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.


Kenya’s history with coffee stretches back to the turn of the 19th century when German missionaries first arrived bringing Bourbon trees with them, and planted in the colonial era. The coffee industry boomed in Kenya under British rule, and the famed Kenya AA became synonymous with coffee quality.


Often referred to as the ‘best coffee in the world’ Kenya coffee has a strong following from the speciality (3rd wave) market, and rightly so. Its high grown coffees in iron rich, red volcanic soils, temperate climate and proximity to the equator create the perfect growing environment. Blackcurrants, berry fruits, bright acidity and with a solid body and creamy mouthfeel makes Kenya the go-to coffee to add a little zing to your blend – or to enjoy as a single origin, pour over, black coffee to savour.



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