This micro-lot AA coffee is grown by small-holder farmers of the Kiamiriru coffee factory, one of six factories tied to the Kianjuri co-operative in Meru County. Quality focused Kiamiriru factory started operations in 1952 and today educates its members on best farming practices by modeling on the its demonstration plot. Society member Frederick Rimbele sets pace for other members with his improving yield which he achieves by replacing old trees (circa 1930) with disease-resistant seedlings, using organic fertilizers, intercropping and testing the soil's Ph and nutrient levels. With a production of 6,100 kilos of coffee cherries hand-picked from the 1,500 trees planted on his 2 hectare plot, second generation farmer Rimbele is unstoppable! Infact, Rimbele is looking to expand his production by leasing or buying neighboring farms while subsidizing his revenue by planting bananas, potatoes and kale.
Producer: Small-holder Farmers | Kiamiriru Factory
Region: Giatune Town . Meru County . Kenya
Varietal: SL28 . SL34
Harvest Season: September - January | 2018 - 2019
Rain Season: March - May | October - December
Altitude: 1,800-2,000 meters
Soil: Friable Volcanic Loam
Process: Fully-Washed | Dried on Raised-Beds
Members of the Kiamiriru factory deliver their selectively hand-picked ripe cherries daily to the mill's collection station where they are carefully hand sorted to remove damaged and under-ripe cherries. With quality enhanced, the cherries are de-pulped and double fermented with periods of intermittent washing and soaking using fresh water from the Kathita river. This major water source originates in the upper north-eastern slopes of Mt. Kenya and flows through the town of Meru, and finally into the Tana river. Washed coffee is moved to pre-drying tables to drain excess water and later spread on permanent raised-beds where they are covered during the hottest part of the day to allow even drying. Once dried the coffee is delivered to the Meru County Coffee Mill where it is hulled, polished, sorted and graded.