Harvested: Spring 2020
Variety: SL 28, Ruiru 11
Location: Kamacharia, Murang'a County, Kenya
Tastes Like: strawberry lemonade, cranberry, sugarcane
Grown By: Smallholder Producers
Boasting a membership of over 1000 producers, the Kagumoini factory is one of several washing stations that belong to the Kamacharia Farmers' Cooperative Society. Producers from around Kagumoini, located not far from the town of Karatina, grow mostly SL28 and SL34 varieties at elevations between 1600 and 1800 meters above sea level. After harvesting, coffee cherries are delivered to the factory, where they undergo a fully washed or "wet processing" method. Water is pumped to reservoir tanks for pulping and recirculation. After pulping, the coffee is fermented overnight, before it cleaned, soaked, and spread out on raised beds for drying. From funds set aside from the previous year’s harvest, members of the cooperative can access pre-financing for school fees, access to farm inputs and funds for emergency needs. Their long term goal is to increase coffee production through farmer training - especially in the area of sustainability, as well as ready access to inputs. By paying the producers some of the highest returns for their coffee, these goals are well within reach!