Kenya Thiririka Githembe is produced in south-central Kenya, in Kiambu County. This county (just north of Nairobi) lies east of the Great Rift Valley at the foothills of the Aberdare Range. Given the terrain, most of Kiambu is comprised of highlands with altitudes ranging from 1,600-2,550 meters above sea level. Coffee grown here benefits from rich soils and dependable rainfall.
Kenya Thiririka Githembe grows at 1,600 – 1,800 meters above sea level in clay loam soil. It is the product of the Thiririka Farmer Cooperative Society, a collection of approximately 400 active farmers producing roughly 450 bags per year.
Thiririka Farmer Cooperative Society
The Thiririka Farmer Cooperative Society (FCS) is comprised of three factories: Githembe, Kiganjo, and Ndundu. The FCS is under new management, namely by Chief Executive Officer Joyce Kariri. Githembe factory (built in 1969) is also benefiting from women's leadership under the management of Joyce Wanjiku.
Processing techniques are consistent across all three factories. (However, for security reasons, coffee is pulped and washed at Githembe only. Following this initial phase, the parchment is brought to Kiganjo for drying.) Cherries are sorted before being pulped, and after pulping, they are fermented for 12-14 hours. Parchment is dried between seven and fourteen days.
Cupping notes: Peach, pineapple, berries, honey, hibiscus, lemon; crisp and vibrant acidity, tea-like body.