This micro-lot AA coffee is grown by small-holder farmers of the Makuri factory under the Kathambara co-operative in Meru County, Kenya. Kathambara is one of 48 co-operatives affiliated with the Meru County Coffee Millers Union which is committed to seeking fair prices for its member's coffees and to providing financial and educational support to all its members. About 300 members producing shy of 10,000 kilos of coffee process their cherries at the Makuri factory. Member farms are located on the eastern slopes of Mount Kenya and enjoy the red friable volacanic soils that give their coffees the renowned sparkling acidity and pronounced sweetness infamous of Kenyan coffees.
Producer: Small-holder Farmers | Makuri Factory
Region: Kabeche Town . Meru County . Kenya
Varietal: SL28 . SL34 . Ruiru 11
Harvest Season : September - January | 2018 - 2019
Rain Season: March - May | October - December
Altitude: 1,500-1,700 meters
Soil: Friable Volcanic Loam
Process: Fully-Washed | Dried on Raised-Beds
Members of the Makuri 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.