AA black and white juice from Kenya. Think grapefruit, blackberries and white grapes.
About the producer
The Gikirima washing station is located on the slopes of Mount Kenya, Embu region, an area with an optimal balance of conditions for growing coffee. Smallholder farmers in the surrounding areas pick ripe cherries and deliver them to Gikirima where they are depulped, and fermented in a tank overnight. The coffee is then washed and placed on raised drying beds where it remains for an average period of 7–15 days, weather depending. Frequent turning and sorting of the coffee occurs while it is drying.
Coffee in Kenya is typically traceable down to the washing station level: Most farmers own between 1/8 to 1/4 of a hectare, and often grow crops other than coffee as well, which means they rely on a central processing unit for sale and processing of their coffee. Producers deliver in cherry form to a washing station, where the cooperative will sort, weigh, and issue payment for the delivery. The coffee is then blended with the rest of the day’s deliveries and goes on to be processed. Because of this system, which serves many hundreds to several thoughts of smallholder farmers per washing station, there is limited traceability down to the individual producers whose coffee comprises the lots.
This coffee comes from the Kibugu Famers Cooperative Society.
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