250g, Whole Beans
An exceptional coffee from the Mutheka Farmers’ Co-operative Society with notes of blackberry, grape and melon.
Farm: Kiandu factory; Mutheka Farmers’ Co-operative Society (MFCS)
Varietal: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11
Processing: Fully Washed and sun-dried on raised beds
Altitude: 1700m above sea level
Owner: approx 1900 members of MFCS delivering to Kiandu mill
Region: Nyeri County, Kenya
This AB lot was produced by numerous smallholder farmers, all of whom are members of the Mutheka Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS) delivering to Kiandu Coffee Factory (as washing stations/wet mills are called in Kenya). The factory is located near the town of Tetu, in Kenya’s famed Nyeri County.
Mutheka FCS is a relatively new entity formed in 2004 after the split of the Giant Tetu Coffee Growers Co-Operative Society. Kiandu Factory for many years had gone through political difficulties and disagreements with Mutheka (as is typical of so many factory-FCS relationships in Nyeri), making it difficult to acquire their coffee. Things have settled down now, and we feel lucky that this 2018 lot was secured for us at auction.
The FCS’s motto is Urumwe, Utheri na Utonga (Unity, Transparency and Wealth), and the group’s purpose is to cooperate in order to alleviate poverty amongst the members of the organization. The group’s factories are well-known for producing high quality coffee and have, in fact, won several Kenyan coffee awards for lots they have produced.
Kiandu factory has nearly 1,900 registered members, making it one of the largest in the Mutheka group. Like many Kenyan coffee factories, only a portion of them actively deliver coffee in any given year. Currently the mill processes somewhere in the vicinity of 2,500 metric tonnes of coffee cherry annually.
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