Gachatha AA - Kenya (250g/1kg)
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We teamed up with McGowans Print and graduating students from the Belfast School of Art Graphic Design & Illustration class of 2022, to launch three new coffees each with its own unique illustration. It’s always been a privilege to be on the doorstep of the amazing creativity that comes out of the Belfast School of Art, so it’s an honour to have a small way to shine a light on some of that. Congratulations to all of this year’s graduating students!
The label for Gachatha AA is illustrated by Ruairi McGoldrick. Ruairi is an Irish illustrator and designer. In the Gachatha AA label sees his use of strong line work, with the bold colours and brush strokes giving warm tone & texture to the landscape.
Ruairi’s work with developing characters and use of digital design is well worth checking out. Check out more work via his instagram: @ruairi.illustrates.
About the Coffee
Farm: 900 smallholder farmers
Region: Karundu, Nyeri District
Variety: SL-28,, SL34, Ruiru 11
Altitude: 1800–2100 masl
The name comes from the Gachatha Coffee Factory which rests on a 391-acre piece of land between the villages of Muthuaini, Thiriku, Gachenge, and Kianjau. It was placed here in 1963 to form the Gachatha Farmers Co-operative Society Ltd. Co-op membership currently stands at 1,057, of whom 900 are active farmers. The factory itself supports nine permanent staff, with seasonal additions of roughly 25 people to help with cherry reception, depulping, and drying. The permanent staff are split between the key roles of coffee weighing and grading at reception, ensuring farmer payment, and addressing farmers’ complaints.
The area surrounding Gachatha area is densely populated, so every effort is made to minimize impact. The factory treats all water in soak pits to ensure no contaminates run into the local waterways, which are a source for drinking water. The community also places great importance on protecting the indigenous trees that remain in the area, so that the local bird life can be sustained.
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