Karatu Coffee Factory is located near Gatundu town. Established in 1965, the factory rests on a 11 acres piece of land serving Karatu, Gitwe, Kibiru and Kigaa Villages.
Currently, it is affiliated to Gitwe Farmers Co-operative Society Ltd. Its membership currently stands at 800 which 700 are active farmers while 100 are inactive farmers
The factory’s rare African coffee bean, Kenya Karatu, was one of the selections for best coffee in the 2016 Good Food Awards. The nationwide competition recognizes the best ethically and sustainably sourced products.
Kenya Karatu entered the American market, in San Bernadino, California, through Klatch Coffee company. The company’s founder, Mike Perry first came across Karatu Factory during one of his excursions to Kenya last year.
Mike brought only 10 bags of the product back from a co-op, and it was available at its coffeehouses from September through November.
The award-winning bean starts with a sweet cocoa and floral aroma. The cup offers complex flavors of apricot and tomato with an orange-brandy finish.
Kenya Karatu is not only winning awards for its flavor. It is also winning the company many consumers. For example, when the bean received the award, the company could not keep up the demand and Kenya Karatu was sold out in hours.
Customers who missed Kenya Karatu will have to wait until September, which is when the product will once again be available.