$23.00 - $120.00
Due to COVID-19 and high order volumes, we cannot guarantee requests for ground coffee and shipments may be delayed.
|PROCESS||Fully washed and sun dried on raised beds|
|PRODUCER||Muthunzuuni Factory; Muthunzuuni Farmers’ Co-Operative Society Ltd|
|REGION||Machakos District, Eastern Province, Kenya|
|VARIETY||SL-28 & SL-34|
|ALTITUDE||1400 - 1800 meters|
||Molasses, caramel, and mixed citrus fruits|
|PACKAGE||12 oz, 2 lb, or 5 lb whole bean|
This coffee was produced by numerous smallholder farmers, all of whom are members of the Muthunzuuni Farmers’ Cooperative Society (FCS) delivering to the Muthunzuuni Coffee Factory, as wet mills are known in Kenya. These farmers all live in the hills around 90 km to the southeast of Nairobi. The region is less well-known for its coffee than nearby Kiambu and Embu, but its high elevation and rolling hills make the land very amenable to the production of high-quality beans. The harvest here is earlier than some other regions in Kenya, making it perfect for those who just can’t wait for their Kenyans to arrive.
Established in 1979, Muthunzuuni Factory is the FCS’s only factory. Muthunzuuni takes its name from the local shrub, muthunzuu; a climber plant that is found on many trees in the local area and used to feed livestock. Of its 1020 members, 690 are men and 330 are women, with an average age of 50. Temperatures in the region range from 12 to 25 degrees Celsius year-round, with a bimodal rainfall about 1,000-1,100mm per year. The main season for harvest begins in June and continues through August, with the fly crop beginning in October and finishing in December. The average smallholder farm size is less than 1 hectare, with half an acre planted in coffee for an average of 250 trees per farmer. The majority of farmers keep one or two pigs or cows and some poultry to support their income and provide sustenance. In addition to coffee, many grow maize, peanuts and beans; amongst other cash crops. As well as providing a second source of income, produce such as maize provides useful by-products like mulch for the coffee trees; locking in moisture on the high sloped contour farms. Similarly, the primary fertilizer for many farms in the region is manure from livestock, mixed with small amounts of NPK (known as Yara Java).