ROAST DEGREE: Light-Medium.
TASTE: White Nectarine, Black Currant & Concord Grape Jelly.
REGION: Nyeri County.
FARM: 600 Contributing Members of the Barichu Cooperative Society.
VARIETAL: SL-28 & SL-34.
PROCESS: Fully Washed.
IMPORTER: Red Fox Merchants.
Gatomboya is like Summer distilled into a cup. There is so much ripe and sticky stone-fruit, it is like eating a nectarine over a sink. The floral aromatics and finish are so big, it is akin to running through a field of blooming flowers. While the sweetness comes in waves of grape jelly against the bright bite of black currant.
Gatomboya Washing Station is part of the Barichu Co-operative Society. It collects cherries from roughly 600 local smallholder farms in and around Nyeri. The word ‘Gatomboya’ roughly translates to swamp in Kikuyu, which makes sense given the area’s damp weather and rich soil. The increased moisture helps fosters strong and dense plant roots. Barichu provides credit facilities for members to cover agricultural training, school fees, farm inputs, and health care.