|Farm||Thiririka Farmers Coop, Kiambu|
|Varietal||Arabica SL28 / SL34|
|Taste||Stone fruit, rhubarb, granadilla|
Thiririka Farmers Cooperative Society
The Thiririka Farmers Cooperative Society has three factories: Githembe, Kiganjo and Ndundu. At Githembe the coffee is only pulped and washed, and then transported to Kiganjo for drying. Coop has around 1500 active farmers. Harvest is from October to December. Annual production is 4100 bags.
It is common in Kenya that the stations buy coffees from several farmers who grow a mixture of different varieties like SL28/SL34 or new and more disease resistant varities Batian or Ruira 11. These new varieties yield more then the tradiotional SL. Hence they are becoming more popular.
The first (main) season lasts form October to January, the second season from March to April. The skin and part of flesh are removed in a "depulper" (see picture below). Cherries are then fermented in concrete tanks over night for 12-72 hours. They are washed and put on African beds and dried in the sun for 7-15 days afterwards.