Farm to Cup Story
Thunderstruck is brought to us from the Thiririka Farmers Co-operative Society. This co-op was founded in 1995 and serves over 2,000 regional members, including over 800 small landholders. Based in Kiambu county near the Thiririka river, the co-op is named after the river which feeds the coffee plants. With a complex sweetness, pleasant body, and balanced acidity, Thunderstruck is a special treat.
The Thiririka Co-op operates three washing stations, where farmers deliver cherries that are processed the same day they are harvested. To ensure crop viability and sustainability, they require members to purchase their seeds from the Coffee Research Institute’s Coffee Research Station. Once the farmers plant the seeds, they are also required to meet other agricultural standards set by the co-op. When the coffees are ready to be harvested, they are hand-picked and delivered to the mill the same day. Once they are delivered and inspected, they are sorted before being pulped, fermented for 12-48 hours, fully washed with water from the nearby river Theta, and then dried on raised beds.
Although Kiambu county holds an uncertain future in the face of mass urbanization, it is groups like Thiririka that give us hope for the future. Grab a bag of Thunderstruck to electrify your day with flavor, and support a group that’s doing good in the coffee world, while you’re at it.