Start typing for coffee suggestions

Back to Coffee List

Kenya Gathinja AB Washed

Origin Kenya /

Altitude 1700 masl /

Crop Year 2018 /

Varietal SL 34 & SL 28 /

Product Code 5851

About Kenya Gathinja AB Washed

The Gathinja Factory is located in Murang’a in Central Kenya. Murang’a is the neighboring county of Nyeri and it’s nearest town is Kangema. This factory is made up of mainly smallholder farms, each with 200 trees in average. They are organized in Cooperative Societies that act as umbrella organizations for the factories, where the smallholders deliver their coffee cherries for processing.

All coffees from this factory are pulped, dry fermented, washed, soaked and sun dried. Cherries are hand sorted for unripe and overripe by the farmers before they go in to production. The coffees are graded by density into 3 grades by the pulper. Grade 1 and 2 go separately to fermentation. The coffee is fermented for 16-24 hours under closed shade.

After fermentation the coffees are washed and again graded by density in washing channels and are then soaked under clean water for 16-18 hours.

About Kenya


Kenya is a powerhouse coffee Origin and one that is dear to our hearts. Traditional production practices and attention to detail at the best mills and Estates favour quality unparaelled in other coffee origins and the flavour profiles coming from the best lots can be sublime.


Kenya also has one of the most transparent and rigid buying systems in the world at the Nairobi auctions. There are a number of very well organised, established estates surrounding Nairobi - however the majority of supply comes from farmers organised into cooperative structures as the average farmer will typically have land of between 0.5 and 3 acres. By law in Kenya a farmer with under 5 acres must be organised into a cooperative.


Typically a Coop society may service a number of washing stations - each servicing there surrounding small holder farmers to bring coffees to mrket. It is illegal to sell cherry to a middle man, so to finance, educate, and provide inputs and support to farmers, there are a group of ‘market agents’ who act as representatives to the farmer throughout the chain. These Market agents act as the dry mill partners, and will take their cooperative partner’s coffee through the auction system. Market agents cannot own coffee - they instead charge their partner’s fees for the service of milling, and a small percentage of auction prices once the coffee is sold. These agents are a very important step in connecting the farmer to the market - as it is their samples that are passed on to all exporters bidding at auction - and they along with farmer will set the reserve price at auction and will then negotiate with the end buyer if this reserve is not met.


There are around 15 truly active exporters in Kenya - however there are over 60 registered at auction. Each exporter will cup over 600 lots from the 10 active market agents before each week’s auction. Due to the traceability enforced by law of where each small lot comes from - exporters with experience know which Market agent, representing which society or mill, will produce certain qualities.


Exporters then go to the Nairobi auctions on a Tuesday, after extense cupping and select the lots they want to bid on, and compete with the other exporters to select the lots they want for their markets.