Genji Challa was established in 2019, just a few miles away from the Nano Challa – its “sister” station. Genji was born out of a need for more space as the membership grew and volumes of cherry being delivered becoming too much for the capacity of one station alone – there are now over 600 members split between the two sites.
This success originates from Nano Challa being chosen to be part of the “Technoserve Coffee Initiative” – funded by the “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”, providing technical, managerial assistance and training to the producer groups. The impact of the initiative was huge, as it helped coops transition to washed processing, and allowed them to completely change the market and quality they had access to, positively impacting the premiums of the coffees.
Farmers of Genji Challa cultivate coffees at altitudes between 1850 and 2100 meters. When delivered, the cherries are floated before being de-pulped; the coffee is then soaked in clean water in concrete tanks for 8 hours before drying – firstly skin-dried and sorted under shade, before being sun-dried for approximately 10 days on raised drying beds.