The FCS is managed by a democratically elected board of 5 members and is headed by a Secretary Manager who oversees the day to day running of the FCS. 900 members of the FCS deliver cherries to the wet mill.
Producers contributing to this lot, though small scale and farming less than a hectare each, pay stringent attention to cultivation methods and regularly apply compost and farmyard manure to ensure soil fertility. Inorganic fertilisers are applied less frequently, though are often necessary throughout the year.
Despite its proximity to the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia, coffee growing was introduced in Kenya relatively late – by Scottish missionaries, initially, and then commercially around 1900. Despite the late start, today, it is a country renowned for having some of the best coffees in the world. Nonetheless, Kenya’s coffee sector faces challenges for the future, and low global prices combined with climate change and population growth have diminished the country’s output over the last decade.