Gatomboya Factory (washing station) is part of the Barichu Co-operative Society. Gatomboya collects cherries from about 700 smallholders with an average of 0.4 hectares of coffees. Their total production is about 350 tons of cherries pr year. Fermentation is done with Fresh River Water from Gatomboya stream.
Gatombova is a Kikuyu word meaning "swamp" due to the swampy area, which made it a good arrow roots cultivated area.
The Barichu Cooperative Society is located in Nyeri in Central Kenya. Nyeri is known for coffees with intense, complex, and flavor-dense cup profiles. It is made up of mainly smallholder farms, each with some 100 trees.
The annual average rainfall in the area is 1400 mm. The temperatures are mainly between 14 and 25 celcius. The soils around Mount Kenya is rich volcanic soils. Great coffee due to the rich, red volcanic loam soil.
The main flowerings are in February – March, the main harvest from October to December and the coffees normally comes available for purchase between January and April.
- Karatina Town, Nyeri
- 1650 -1850 masl
- Latitude: 1650.0 Longitude: 1850.0
- SL28, SL34 - Washed