Kenya Kiambui AA

Kiambui Coffee Factory is located in the Central Province or the Kirinyaga District in Njukiini location of Gichugu Division near Embu town.  The coffee station was established in the 1970s and rests on a 4 acre piece of land, which serves the Kiambui villages.

The Kiambui coffee station is managed by Mathew Nyange, with 6 permanent members of staff and several casual members.  The number of casuals varies from year to year depending on the crop harvest, but during the peak season, the factory employs about 9 casuals and 2 off-peak.  The permanent staff are responsible for weighing coffee, selecting and grading of the coffee, paying farmers and addressing any farmers' complaints.

The station experience a biennial production cycle, with the early harvest taking place between April- June and the late season between October and December.  The main varieties of coffee grown are SL28, K7 and Ruiru 11, with SL28, K7 accounting for 99% of all coffee produced, whilst Ruiru 11 accounts for 1% of all production.

After harvesting the coffee is delivered to the factory and undergoes the wet processing method, water is pumped from River Kii to the reservoir tanks for pulping and recirculation.  After pulping the coffee is stored overnight, washed, soaked and spread on the drying on tables.  The parchment is then frequently turned on the drying tables, sorted and then stored whilst it awaits delivery to the millers.  To ensure that the processing is carried out efficiently the station has invested in a pulper, a recirculation system and about 10 conditioning bins.

VARIETALS

SL28, SL34

ALTITUDE

1,383 meters above sea level

PROCESSING

Washed

TASTE

Lemon, cranberry, buttery body, black currant finish




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