**NEW** Kenya // Gatomboya AB

**NEW** Kenya // Gatomboya AB

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Producer: Gatomboya

Region: Nyeri

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1700-1800 masl

Variety: SL28, SL34

Roast Level: Light

Tasting Notes: Lemon Balm, Black Currant


Notes from the Roaster

Gatomboya comes from a local dialect word meaning swamp, referring to the damp area around the Kirigu river, that runs by the washing station. This is the name given to this coffee factory, one of four owned by the Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society. The factory was initially built in 1987 under a different society, but became part of Barichu in 1996. There are currently just under 700 active members delivering cherry to the mill, which produces around 450 tonnes of green coffee every year. The factory is located just outside the town of Karatina, in the Nyeri region, close to the border with Kirinyaga.

Gatomboya is one of the four washing stations in the Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society. The other factories are Karatina, Karindundu, and Gaturiri. The Barichu FCU services 4000 smallholder coffee producers. Gatomboya specifically services around a quarter of those. Apart from its outstanding flavour complexity, one of the reasons why people like buying coffees from Gatomboya is the strong management of the cooperative society behind the mill. Barichu is known for taking good care of its member producers and the nearby community. The Cooperative Society built a coffee shop on the factory grounds that services travellers on the nearby road. The income of this shop helps lower the overhead costs for the management of the cooperative and factories.