A stellar Kenyan with juicy blackberry notes and masses of complexity.
Farm: Mwiria Factory; Central Ngandori Farmers Co-Operative Society
Varietal: SL28, SL34 & Ruiru 11
Processing: Fully washed & dried on African beds
Altitude: 1,300 to 1,900 metres above sea level
Owner: Approx. 1,000 members deliver to Mwira; FCS = Approx. 3,000 active members
Town / City: Mutunduri
Region: Embu County, Central Province
This AB lot was produced by numerous smallholder farmers, all of whom are members of the Central Ngandori Farmers Co-Operative Society (FCS) delivering to Mwiria Coffee Factory (as washing stations/wet mills are called in Kenya). The factory is located north of the town of Mutunduri, in Kenya’s Embu County.
Mwiria gets its name from a very large, very old indigenous tree which used to exist on the factory grounds. During colonial times, Mau Mau fighters dug a huge hole inside this tree so that it could serve as a shelter and a hideout from their opponents. During the grand opening of Mwiria factory, which was conducted by Jomo Kenyatta (the first president of Kenya and a freedom fighter, himself), Kenyatta named the factory ‘Mwiria’ or ‘Huge’ in Kikuyu.