AA Thimu #024
Thimu is another coffee factory (washing station) from the larger Baragwi Cooperative in Kirinyaga. We bought this coffee based on its profile which we know will find a buyer. This is the first time we have bought coffee from the Thimu factory and we are big fans of this cooperative’s coffees as we find so many of their coffees from different factories cupping well. Other familiar names in this family of factories include Muchagara, Guama, Karumandi and Gachami. We bought a good amount of AAs and ABs from the coop. The Baragwi Cooperative is fast becoming one of our main suppliers in Kenya.
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.