This coffee comes from the Kirinyaga district. Kirinyaga is located within Kenya’s Central Province, a key area for Kenya’s large coffee industry. The district lies close to Mt. Kenya, and encompasses high elevations of between around 1600-1800 meters above sea level, ideal conditions for growing high quality coffee.
Small-scale farmers are organized into well-managed central pulperies, also called Coffee Factories. Kariru Coffee Factory is the name of the washing station where this particular lot comes from.
The Kariru Coffee Factory is part of the Baragwi framer’s co-op society. Kariru factory was named after the famous man called “Kariru” who was a native of the area. It began operating and processing coffee in 1986. There are approximately 300,000 coffee trees in the area that produce 417 tonne of cherry every year. After the coffee is harvested, its pulped and processed with fresh river water from the nearby Kamweti River. Coffee still in parchment is then laid out on raised African beds to dry.