KIAMA FARMERS COOPERATIVE SOCIETY, Ichuga AB

£15.00£52.50

Our first Kenyan of the season and it’s a juicy one! Really fruit forward and bright, this coffee reminds us of blackberries, pomegranate and crisp green apples.

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Our first Kenyan of the season and it’s a juicy one! Really fruit forward and bright, this coffee reminds us of blackberries, pomegranate and crisp green apples.

CULTIVAR: Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34
PREPARATION: Washed
LOCATION: Karatina, Nyeri
ALTITUDE: 1,700 masl
PRICE PAID: £12.74/kg

High altitudes of 1,700 meters above sea level, combined with Nyeri’s nutrient-rich volcanic soil, create the ideal conditions for farmers delivering cherry to Ichuga station. Ichuga is located near the town of Karatina and is one of five factories owned and operated by Kiama Farmer Cooperative Society.

Local farmers, whose average farm size is 0.5-2 hectares, selectively handpick their ripe cherry and deliver it to the washing station. Cherry is carefully sorted at intake where under-ripe and damaged cherries, along with any foreign matter, are removed. Once sorted, the coffee is pulped immediately, fermented and then washed in clean water to remove any remaining mucilage.

Wet parchment is sorted and any damaged beans that remain are removed. The parchment coffee is then dried on raised beds where it is turned regularly to ensure even drying. Special care is taken to cover the coffee at the hottest part of the day and also overnight to prevent cracking and/or condensation. Workers will also regularly inspect drying parchment and remove any damaged beans. The drying process usually takes around two weeks, depending on the environmental conditions.

Nyeri County is one Kenya’s most famous growing regions and the name is derived from the Masaai word “nyiro”, meaning red, after the red volcanic soil in the area. The name was adapted by white settler farmers to Nyeri. The red soil in the area is rich in organic matter and nutrients, making it an excellent region for coffee production.

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250g, 1kg