Developed by The Kiungu washing station, or factory as it’s called locally, located near the town of Embu on the fertile slopes of Mt Kenya, 1,600 masl. The factory was established in 1969 and nowadays works with 1,400 smallholder coffee farmers from nearby villages. This part of Kenya produce fantastic coffee conditions, with rich, red volcanic soil, high altitudes and a mild climate. Farms in the region are very small: on average, producers only own between 130 and 200 coffee trees, which grow alongside other crops, such as tea, passionfruit and flowers. At harvest time, the farmers hand-picked the riped cherries and deliver them to the factory, where they are weighed and then pulped mechanically. Then the coffee is fermented overnight to break down the sugars before it is cleaned and soaked for 24 hours. Finally, the beans are spread out to dry on raised bed and regularly turned over on the drying period, which lasts between 7 and 15 days.
Roaster: Market Lane Coffee
Tasting Notes: Vibrant with grilled pineapple, berries & cooking spices
Variety: SL28 & Ruiru 11