At 160km north of Nairobi, you will find the Gathaithi factory sandwiched between Mt Kenya and the Aberdare ranges, putting it at a vantage point for better production as the red-volcanic soils of the area provide the necessary nutrients to optimize annual production.
The producers here form the Gathaithi Farmers Co-operative Society (F.C.S) which collectively organises resources and shares the cost of the necessary inputs for their farming amongst other social initiatives. Funds are set aside from the previous year’s harvest, which members of the cooperative can access for pre-financing of school fees, access to farm inputs and funds for emergency needs.
The cherries are delivered ripe to the station where they are sorted and pulped of their skins. After pulping, the coffee is fermented overnight to break down the sugars, before traveling through channels to the soaking tank where the coffee is carefully cleaned and again soaked before being laid out to dry on raised beds. Drying can take from 7 - 15 days in total.