Region: Murang’a County
Producer: New Kiriti Farmers Co-op Society
Process: Fully Washed
Varietal: SL28, SL34 & Ruiru 11
Altitude: 1300-1900 MASL
Flavour Profile: Cranberry, Blackcurrant, Lime, Grapefruit
With nearly 700,000 coffee producers, roughly 70% of which are smallholder producers, Kenya shines as a unique coffee-producing country in East Africa. Within the Murang’a County along the slopes of the Aberdare Range is the Kirimahiga Factory, or wet mill. 781 smallholders in this region contribute coffee cherries to this mill and belong to the New Kiriti Farmers Co-operative Society.
Situated at 1,650 meters above sea level, this region is defined by its bright red soils, full of rich nutrients for coffee trees. The high altitude allows for ideal temperatures and rainfall for the slow maturation of coffee cherries. Smallholders in this region grow coffee on small plots of land, around 0.25 hectares, and pick the cherries during harvest to deliver to the mill.
There are two harvests in the Murang’a County, a main crop occurring from October – February and a fly crop occurring from April – May. Once the cherries reach the mill, the coffee is washed with water from the Gondo River. After the cherries are pulped, the coffee is placed in large tanks to soak in water and ferment. This allows for the breakdown
of the exterior mucilage, normally lasting overnight. The coffee is then spread evenly on raised tables to dry in the open sun until a targeted moisture content is reached. Producers and the Factory collectively value sustainability, and various projects have been enacted to
reduce environmental impact. Wastewater used for processing is carefully placed into soak pits to seep back into the soil without polluting the local drinking source.
Tad Coffee works with Mercanta to bring you this delicate and delicious Kenyan coffee.