Gikirima was built in the early 1970’s and lies 1600 meters above sea level on the expansive slopes of Kenya region. There is good management and support from the farmers and staff. Apart from coffee other crops grown there as passion fruits, maize, beans, tea. The factory has 8 soak pits which are enough for draining waste
water, and there is no river nearby which can be polluted, Napier grass and trees are planted nearby to help in purifying the waste water.
After picking, ripe cherries are brought to the factory before it undergoes processing to remove the skin and pulp – known as the wet processing method. Wastewater is discarded in soaking pits, and is also recirculated for conservation. The factory is using a disc pulper with three sets of discs to remove the skin from the parchment layer. After pulping, coffee fermented overnight to break down the sugars, before it is cleaned, soaked and spread out on the raised drying tables. Time on the drying tables depends on climate, ambient temperature and volumes under processing, and can take from 7 to 15 days in total.
SL 28, Ruiru 11, Batian
Gikirima Coffee Factory, Kirinyaga