Gathaithi Farmer’s Cooperative Society (FCS) is located in the famed Nyeri region of Kenya, 160km north of Nairobi. It’s sandwiched between the elegant Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare ranges, placing it in the perfect location to grow beautiful coffees. The red-volcanic soils of the area provide the necessary nutrients to optimize annual production.
Overseen by factory manager, Peter Karienye, coffees from Gathaithi are processed in the traditional Kenyan style. The washing process includes an additional soaking phase, which is believed to increase amino-acid development, leading to more intense acidity, and bolder fruit and citrus flavors.
Gathaithi has a pre-financing program for its 1,600+ members. 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.