Formed in 1963, Gachatha Farmers Co-operative Society built the Gachatha Coffee Factory near Nyeri, in the Central Province of Kenya. the cooperative over 1000 members. A typical member farm is 0.4 hectares, with 300 trees. The factory itself supports nine permanent staff, with seasonal additions of roughly 25 people to help with cherry reception, de-pulping, and drying. The permanent staff are split between the key roles of coffee weighing and grading at reception, ensuring farmer payment, and addressing farmers’ complaints.
After picking the ripe cherry is brought to the factory by smallholder farmers, before it undergoes processing to remove the skin and pulp – known as the washed processing method. After pulping, the coffee is fermented overnight to break down the sugars, before it is cleaned, soaked and spread out on raised drying tables. Time on the drying tables depends on climate & ambient temperature. Drying may take from 7 to 15 days in total.
This coffee is ideal for a filter coffee but also works as a bright espresso.