Producer: 900 Smallholder Farmer Members of Gachatha Farmer Cooperative Society
Varietal(s): SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11
Growing Elevation: 1800-2100 Meters
Region: Karundu. Nyeri. Kenya.
Around 900 smallholder farmer members of the Gachatha Farmer’s Cooperative Society contributed ripe cherry for this lot consisting of SL-28, Sl-34, and Ruiru 11 varietals. The average farmer has about 300 coffee trees, on less than one hectare of land, and typically grows other crops as well. Gachatha factory is operated by the Gachatha Farmers Cooperative Society and sits on 391 acres between the villages of Muthuaini, Thiriku, Gachenge, and Kianjau. The area surrounding Gachatha is densely populated, which requires the factory to take particular precautions with regards to waste water and pollutants. The factory has soak pits for water treatment to avoid contamination with fresh-water sources and the community takes care to preserve the indigenous plant life in the area to protect local bird and animal species.