ABOUT THIS COFFEE:
FACTS & FIGURES:
Variety: SL28, SL34, Ruiru
Processing: Fully Washed
Producer: Giakanja Farmers Co-operative Society
Harvest: October 2017 - January 2018
Complex and sweet AB lot thats perfect for espresso. Cola, caramel, dark berries and a sweet citrus finish.
Our first Kenyan coffee of 2018, this AB lot from Giakanja Farmers Co-operative Society was a real standout when we were tasting and selecting coffees in Kenya back in January and tastes even better now it has arrived at the Roastery.
Giakanja is a co-operative of 1,800 smallholder farmers in Nyeri, an area of central Kenya that is famed for its outstanding coffees. The co-op was founded in 1963 and renamed as Giakanja in 1999. The washing station or ‘coffee factory’ as they are known in Kenya is also named Giakanja and is run by John Kiridhe. John has a team of 7 year round staff that increases to around 20 in the peak of the harvesting season, when farmer members of the co-op will also come and work at the washing station.
Giakanja’s output has decreased significantly in the last few years. This year they anticipated to buy 350,000 kg of coffee cherry when as recently as 2015 they were buying 800,000 kg. John attributes this downturn primarily to climate change as a hotter, dryer climate has slowed coffee production and caused an increase in Coffee Leaf Rust Disease and Coffee Borer problems.
This means the co-op has put plans for a second washing station on hold. While production is down, quality most certainly isn’t and we are really pleased to present this lovely AB lot from John and the co-operative members.