|Producer:||Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society|
|Varietal:||SL28 & SL34, Ruiru 11, Batian|
Gatomboya AB has great texture with intense and complex fruit flavour notes of mango, red grape and black tea. In the cooling, our lot offers floral notes of elderflower. The finish is citric. This coffee is sweeter and fuller bodied than many other Kenyans, with a jammy sweetness and juicy mouthfeel.
Gatomboya is one of those washing stations that show how complex and beautiful Kenyan coffees can be. When harvested and processed thoroughly it can produce those kinds of coffees that leave you with goose bumps. For a period of time Gatomboya had endured operational hurdles due to political turbulence in the region. However, we are proud to see they are back on track, including the return of a management program.
Gatomboya is part of the Barichu Cooperative Society. Around 600 smallholder-members are delivering cherries – the average farm size is 0.4 hectares of coffee. Cherries are hand sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go into processing. 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 for 16-18 hours. Drying: Sun dried up to 21 days on African drying beds.
The main flowerings are in February & March, the main harvest takes place from October to December.
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