Altitude: 1600 masl
Variety: SL34, Ruiru, Batian
Processing Method: washed
Aroma: lemon-lime, floral, soft
Taste: fresh apricot, plum, cranberry
Body: round, juicy
Finish: clean, crisp
Kariaini wetmill (or factory) was established in 1954 and is one of eight factories operated by Mwirua Farmer Co-operative Society. The factory – managed by John Kinyua – is situated at 1,600 masl and serves smallholder farmers in the local villages. The farmers typically have a small amount of land and cultivate the varieties of SL34, Ruiru 11 and Batian. The factory produces fully washed coffee with water from the Rundu River. As part of their membership, the co-operative provides the farmers with agronomic training, credit & financial services, and inputs such as fertilizer to increase yield and plant health.
Kenya coffees have a unique washed processing method. The coffee is:
- – Pulped
- – Fermented in water for 12 – 48 hours (depending on climatic conditions)
- – Washed and graded in clean water channels
- – Dried slowly over 2 – 3 weeks on raised African beds until the moisture content is reduced to 10-12%.
The coffee is then taken to a central dry mill where it is rested in parchment for 3 weeks before being hulled, cleaned and graded by bean size.
Artwork by Madeline Jones
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