The Ndaroini factory is located in the Nyeri District in the southern part of the famous Mt. Kenya and part of the Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society. The factory serves about 900 small producers. Coffee is grown in rich volcanic soil and fully washed in fresh river waters then sundried on raised beds.
Gikanda is around 120km north of Nairobi. It is situated on the slopes of Mount Kenya and benefits from adequate rainfall and red volcanic soils. The cooperative was established in 1996 and now has 3,152 members, 33% of whom are women who grow coffee on 312 hectares of land.
Gikanda aspires to be a pace setter in quality coffee production in Kenya and to high payment rates to improve the standard of living for its members. It also promotes good agricultural practices through capacity building and extension services. The organisation also plans to access affordable farm inputs to improve on its quality for top premium prices.
The farmers are small-scale farmers with low income levels and coffee is their main source of income. The community within this area is mostly made up of the Kikuyu people; they also grow other food crops like maize, beans, yams and bananas. The main economic challenge with cash crops (coffee) is unpredictable coffee prices, unpredictable weather patterns and the high cost of farm inputs. Gikanda can produce 1 to 2 million kilograms of coffee cherries each year, depending on climatic conditions, disease and other factors.
Gikanda’s coffee producers have benefited from increasing sales year over year. The premium funded projects have engaged and had a positive impact on the whole community, not just co-operative members. All the materials used in the projects are purchased locally, thus strengthening the economy of local businesses.
Cupping Notes: Well balanced, tea-like with lively acidity and notes of grapefruit, lemon rind, caramel and vanilla.