About Gatugi Factory


About Gatugi Factory

Gatugi factory was built in 1979, this wet mill is located in Gatugi village, near Karima Hill off the Othaya -Karima Road. The factory processes coffee from 750 farmers, of which over 23% (177) are women.

Processing & Drying

The coffee at Gatugi is wet processed, where the fully ripe cherries are pulped, fermented, and washed. The coffee is sun dried on raised beds slowly over 2- 3 weeks where the moisture content is reduced to 10-12%. Upon drying the coffee is then milled and graded at a separate dry mill by the workers who flawlessly sort the bright white parchment by density.

Gatugi Factory Highlights

  • Gatugi factory was built in 1979, this wet mill is located in Gatugi village, near Karima Hill off the Othaya -Karima Road in Nyeri.
  • It is one of the 19 washing stations that make up the Othaya Farmer’s Cooperative Society.
  • Gatugi Factory has 750 farmer producers, delivering approximately 350,000 Kg cherries per season.
  • Cupping notes for this batch: Bright Acidity, with Hints of Citrus & Blackcurrant, Smooth Body

About the Othaya Cooperative

Kenyan coffee is managed by a cooperative production structure in which members vote on representation, marketing, and milling contracts, as well as profit allocation.  Ichamama Factory is part of one of the largest coffee cooperatives in Kenya, called the Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society. With 19 separate factories and around 14,000 farmer members across the southern Nyeri area, the cooperative plays a central part in fair profit allocation for farmers, where they split the revenue 80-20 in favour of the farmers, with the remaining 20% going to the running of the cooperative.

About Grading

Kenya uses a unique grading name system for its coffee that is linked to the bean size and quality. The most popular grades for export are AA, AB and PB (Peaberry). AA grade is the more common grade for larger screen sizes, above screen size 18 or 7.2mm

About the Region

Nyeri County

Nyeri is located at the heart of Kenya’s central province, on the foothills of Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak. Coffee grown here benefits from the mineral rich, red volcanic soils that many feel produce some of the greatest coffees in Kenya, if not the world. Nyeri is probably the best-known of the central counties, where the small holder farms are situated in climate friendly, cool high.


Technical Information


Kenya, Nyeri

map Gatugi Factory
map Cup Score 88
mapAA Grade
mapSL28, SL34
map1850m - 1900m
map Fair Trade
map Afloat