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Gachuiro is a washing station (or factory, as they are called in Kenya) located on the eastern side of Mt. Kenya National Park, in the Karatina Municipality of Keya’s Nyeri County. It is one of four active washing stations – along with its sister factories, Kiangundo, Ichuga and Kiamaina – owned by the Kiama Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Society (FCS).
Gachuiro receives coffee cherries from about 480 (260 male and 220 female) of the cooperative’s farmer members who grow coffee trees on nearby shambas, located across an elevation of 1,700-1,950 meters above sea level. Once harvested, coffee cherries are delivered to Gachuiro, where they are processed and dried under the management of Ephraim Mwangi Karangi, ahead of being transported to Nairobi for sale (either directly or through the auction system). Besides Ephraim, Gachuiro employs five permanent staff members and an additional seven workers during the season.
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