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Kirura AB

With nearly 700,000 coffee producers, roughly 70% of which are smallholder producers, Kenya shines as a unique coffee-producing country in East Africa. Within the Kiambu County at the heart of the Central Highlands of Kenya, is the Kirura Factory, or wet mill. 800 smallholder producers in this region contribute coffee cherries to the mill and belong to the Komothai Cooperative Society.

The Kirura Factory was created in 1988 and is one of many working with the Komothai Cooperative Society producers.

  • Farm Kirura Factory
  • Varietal Ruiru 11, SL34 & SL28
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 1,800 to 1,950 meters above sea level
  • Town / City Kiambaa
  • Region Kiambu County
  • Owner 800 smallholder producers
  • Tasting Notes Complex, fudge, peach
  • Farm Size Less than 1 hectare on average
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Kirura AB

With varying altitudes between 1,800 and 1,950 meters above sea level, this region is defined by its bright red soils, full of rich nutrients for coffee trees. The high altitudes allow for ideal temperatures and rainfall for the slow maturation of coffee cherries. Smallholders grow coffee on small plots of land and pick the cherries during harvest to deliver to the mill. There are two harvests in the Kiambu County, the main one occurring between October and December with an additional fly harvest occurring between April and July.

About Kenya

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.