What's in the hopper? Kiawamaruru, Kenya

The Kiamaruru from Kenya is a must try this season.

FARM – Kiawamaruru

ALTITUDE – 1600 to 1800masl

LOCATION – Central Province, close to Nyeri, foothills of Mt Kenya, Aberdares

PREPARATION - Washed and sun-dried on African beds

VARIETY – SL28 and SL34

OWNERS – Cooperative members

HARVEST – Main crop: October to December. Fly crop: April to June

Kiawamaruru is one of eight secondary cooperatives of the Rumukia Co-operative Society and is situated on the slopes of the Mount Kenya and Aberdares mountains in the Central Province. It is comprised of 561 members who own farms that average half a hectare in size with around 250 trees each. The region has deep fertile soils, rich in organic matter and abundant rainfall.

The coffee is handpicked and delivered to the cooperative ‘factory’ where it is pulped, washed and sundried on African drying tables. Parchment coffee is then delivered to a private mill where it will be prepared for export before being sold via the country’s auction system. Recent amendments to the coffee law of Kenya have brought about the introduction of direct trading whereby farmers can by-pass the auction and sell directly to speciality roasters around the world. It is this system that we believe brings about better returns for the smallholder.

Kiawamururu Factory has several initiatives aimed at uplifting the living standards of its members and employees. These include: credit facilities for school fees and medical emergencies, provision of farm inputs on credit and field days to train farmers on better farming methods.

Tasting notes: Intense blackcurrant juice box drizzled with maple syrup and smoothed off with buttery caramel.

 

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