FLASH!! We are pleased to tell you that our Kenya Gatina AA has won the 2nd place at the “Filter of the Year” 2020. The competition was held on 10.12 by the Helsinki Coffee Festival guys. A total of 19 coffee roasteries joined the competition.
This Kenya AA has the complex and juicy aftertaste that we always look for in a Kenya AA: juicy, complex and with a vibrant aftertaste. We are extremely delighted how well our Kenya AAs have been recognised in the three different competitions that we joined :
- Kenya AA Karimikui, “Filter of the Year” – Helsinki Coffee Festival, 2nd place, 2017
- Kenya AA Gakuyu-ini, “Filter of the Year” – Helsinki Coffee Festival, 2nd place, 2019
- Kenya AA Gatina AA, “Filter of the Year” – Helsinki Coffee Festival, 2nd place, 2020
Gatina Washing Station sits a few kilometers outside the town of Karatina in Nyeri County. The station was built in 1968, nestled between the western slopes of Mt. Kenya and the eastern slopes of the Aberdares mountains. It is managed by Mugaga Farmers’ Cooperative Society. Today, the station receives cherry from 790 members. Of those, 280—over 30%—are women. The 790 members of Gatina station cultivate a total of 142 hectares. This breaks down to about a tenth of a hectare—or a few hundred trees—per farmer. Such small coffee ‘gardens’ makes it possible, vital even, to focus on specialty processing and increase the value per kilogram of cherry picked. Farm labor is usually entirely provided by family members, which can often make maintaining specialty cultivation and picking practices easier. Many of the farmers also grow tea, maize and legumes to consume or sell at local markets for additional cash income.