Kenya (KG) – AA Gachami
Gachami is another coffee factory from the larger Baragwi Cooperative in Kirinyaga. We bought both AAs and ABs from the same outturn. As a whole, the Baragwi Cooperative is becoming one of our main suppliers in Kenya. Other familiar names under the same umbrella are Muchagara, Guama and Karumandi.
Kirinyaga is a place where we see a lot of great coffees these days. Each lot consists of coffees from hundreds of smallholders from the area surrounding the washing station (factory). The team at the factory sort the cherries before they go into production. The coffees are traditionally processed with dry fermentation, before being washed and graded in channels, and dried on raised beds. The farmers mainly grow SL28 and SL34, but as with almost all Kenyan cooperative coffees, there can be a mix of everything. Other common cultivars are K7, Ruiru 11 and now also Batian.