Kenya Barichu Gatomboya AB

In Nyeri, near the base of Mt. Kenya, the Barichu Farmer's Cooperative Society is comprised of 600-plus smallholder farmers, with plots so modest they're usually measured by the number of trees on them, rather than parcel size.

Gatomboya is a Kikuyu word for “swamp,” referring to the nearby Gatomboya River — water from which is used to wash and ferment coffees at the factory before they're dried on raised beds.

The Barichu Cooperative operates a coffee shop on the grounds of the factory (a local word akin to mill), that caters to travelers on the highway. The income allows the cooperative to reduce its overhead and so increase farmer incomes. It also contributes to the education of children in the region by renting out the extra space on its premises to a primary school and a college.

Cupping notes: Coconut, green tea, bitter dark chocolate, winey, herbal.

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