250g, Whole Beans
A lovely big Kenyan with notes of damson jam and blackcurrant
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Farm: Igutha Rugi Farmers Co-op
Varietal: SL28, SL34, K7, Ruiru 11, Batian
Processing: Fully Washed and sun dried on raised beds
Altitude: approx. 1600m above sea level
Owner: approx. 600 co-op members
Region: Mukurweini District, Nyeri County,
This AB lot was produced by numerous smallholder farmers, all of whom are members of the Rugi Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS) delivering to Igutha (also known as Igutua) Coffee Factory (wet mill). The society was registered in 2005 and has around 4,500 active members. Only around 600 members deliver coffee cherry to the Igutha factory. The remainder deliver to one of the cooperative’s other factories, of which there are seven (Mihuti, Giathugu, Mweru, Kanyiriri, Mutitu and Karundu are the others).
Rugi FCS’s goal is to increase coffee production through farmer training, Good Agricultural Practice seminars, and sustainable farming practices. Smallholder members have access to advances for farm inputs along with training in crop husbandry and land management. Through the financing the cooperative receives, farmers are given monetary assistance for school and farm improvements. Factory managers are trained annually to be at the forefront of sustainable practices and quality control for their increasing production.