Githembe AA, Kenya
Flavour Profile: Juicy Plum & Mixed Berries
Origin : Kiambu, Kenya
Variety: SL-28, SL-34
The Thiririka FCS has 3 factories: Githembe, Kiganjo and Ndundu. However, at Githembe the coffee is only pulped and washed, before it is brought to Kiganjo for drying. Because of security issues, for the last 3 years the parchment could not be dried at the Githembe factory. The factory was built in 1969. The factory manager has been working at the factory foryears. Before that, he was the manager at the Ndundu factory for 15 years.
Githembe has around 1500 active farmers, growing Sl 28, Sl 34 and Batian. The soil is clay loam. Harvest is October to December, and shipping March to April. Annual production is 4100 bags (a 60 kg bags).
The processing techniques are consistent on all the three factories. The cherries are sorted before being pulped. After pulping and being fermented for 12-14 hours, the parchment is separated into P1, P2, P3, P lights and pods. The P1 is left in the soaking tank being taken for drying. The drying takes between 7-14 days.