Gakenke was built in 1991 in the Gatara Commune in the Kayanza province. It lies at an altitude of 1,672m. Gakenke is named after the plants that are found in this region called imikenke. These plants have thin, hollow stems which people cut to use as a straw to drink the locally made banana beer. Many years ago, it was forbidden for anyone but the King to drink beer directly from the bottle. People would pour beer into a communal pot and sit in a circle together, drinking it with their straws.
This washing station collects cherries from over 1,900 local coffee farmers spread over the 22 neighbouring collines. During the harvest season, Gakenke processes more than 400 tons of coffee.
Region: Gatara, Kayanza
Mill: Gakenke C.W.S
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Altitude: 1672 masl