Sandwiched between Mt. Kenya – Africa’s 2nd tallest mountain – and the Aberdare Ranges, Ichamama wetmill is located in Othaya, Nyeri County. It is part of the larger Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society and comprises small-scale farmers with farm holdings averaging 1 acre. The cooperative has a total of 781 farmers. The coffee is grown about 1741m (5711 feet) above sea level, bringing hot days and cool nights critical to hard, nutrient-rich beans. After being hand-picked from the trees, the cherries are immediately delivered to the wetmill where they are hand-sorted, weighed, pulped, washed, and dried. The coffee is then delivered to the dry mill for meticulous milling, grading, and bagging. The total size of a harvest is around 493,000 KGs of cherry.
Brewed from a drip machine, we get notes of baked lemon, basil, and chocolate in the cup.