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Sweven – Gicherori 227g


By Sweven Coffee Roasters (Bristol, UK)

  • Origin – Embu, Kenya
  • Producer – Gicherori Factory
  • Variety – SL28 & SL34
  • Process – Washed
  • Flavour Notes – Redcurrant, Lime, Rooibos

[ Roasted on 15 Jan 2024 ]



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A complex and lively Kenyan high-end lot of carefully hand picked and selected only the largest (AA) size beans.

Extremely sweet and buttery with complex multi-layered floral citrus acidity and lingering vanilla finish.

For those who want a complex and classic Kenyan, this is a really great and possibly the best option. The Gicherori Coffee Factory is located in Embu – an area that is starting to produce very good coffees. It is managed by the Kibugu Cooperative, home to 5 factories in total. Each lot consists of coffee from hundreds of smallholders located in the surrounding areas of the 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. They are then dried on raised beds and prepared for export in vacuum packs. We always only purchase one or two Kenyan lots per year after cupping many pre shipment samples and this one was one of the very best standing on the table with its great structure and complex multi-layered acidity.

Gicherori Factory is part of the Kibugu Farmer’s Cooperative Society. It was started in 1994. Current membership stands at 1,200. The area surrounding the Gicherori Factory is densely populated and has farmers who have between 100 and 1000 coffee trees. Gicherori factory is situated at Kibugu location, Gicherori sub-location in Embu County. The factory treats all water in soak pits to ensure no contamination run into the local waterways, which are a source for drinking water. The community also places great importance on protecting the indigenous trees that remain in the area, so that the local bird life can be sustained. The Gicherori Factory sits on the slopes of Mount Kenya in the Manyatta division of Embu County. Rich volcanic soil, an annual rainfall of almost 2,000mm, and the abundance of SL 28 and SL 34 varieties all lend immense quality to the production of coffee in this specific area. In this county, smallholders deliver coffee in cherry to washing stations. After picking, the members deliver the fresh coffee berries to the mill, where they are depulped (the fruit skin and pulp is removed mechanically), then fermented in large tanks and washed with stored clean water. The waste water is cleaned before being led back into nature, which is common at most mills. After washing, the coffee is dried on typical African raised beds that allow good air circulation between the beans. Beans are dried to between 11 and 13 % and then brought to the Central Kenya Coffee Mill in Nyeri for grading and sorting.

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