BLACK CURRANTS/ RAISIN/ BERRIES/ HONEY
Varietal: SL 34
Processing: Fully Washed
Region: Kirinyaga County
Washing Station: Konyu
Altitude: 5000 – 5500 ft
Another delicious offering from Africa!
Kenya produces some of the finest coffees in world and this one is no exception. There are crisp notes of black currants, berry and raisins with hint of honey which shine in filter brew. On our new Loring S 15 falcon, we are able to develop this coffee fully without letting char mask any of the flavours. So go ahead and extract all the goodness from this amazing SL34 without bothering about over extraction.
Konyu Coffee Factory is located in Central Province, Kirinyaga County in Kirima location of Gichugu Division near Kerugoya town. It was established in 1962 and rests on a 7 acres piece of land serving Kangumuiyu, Riakiwa, Atomba, Mukarara and Ngenya Villages. It is affiliated to Kabare Farmers’ Co-operative Society Ltd. Its membership currently stands at 1271 which 1071 are active farmers while 200 are inactive farmers. The most unique aspect of this factory is that it located on lower zones.
SOILS AND CLIMATE
The factory lies about 1581m, and the soil is red. The area experiences Moderate bimodal rainfall of about 1200mm p.a. with temperatures ranging between 13-26 degrees Celsius. The long rains fall between March-May while the short rains come between October and December.
A After harvesting all the coffee is delivered to the factory and undergoes the wet processing method. Water is pumped from River Kiringa to the reservoir tanks for pulping and recirculation.
After pulping the coffee is stored overnight, washed, soaked and spread on the drying tables. The parchment is then frequently turned on the drying tables, sorted and stored awaiting delivery to the millers. To ensure that the processing is carried out efficiently the factory has invested in a pulper, a recirculation system and about 10 conditioning bins.
In line with the rising awareness on the need to conserve the environment, the factory has dug the waste water soak pits away from the water source where the waste water is allowed to soak in back to the soil. Currently the factory does not engage in waste water treatment. Additionally the society encourages its members to plant trees on their farms.
The affiliate members of the factory carry out all agronomic activities associated with coffee production i.e. they source coffee from the Coffee Research Station and plant it according to the stipulated guidelines.
Fieldwork carried out involves weeding, pruning, spraying, and application of fertilizer, mulching and technical advice. Technical advice is offered through farmer training programs and field visits/days offered by ministry of agriculture.
Compliance to the agreed guidelines is checked and supervised by the field committee which goes round the farms. They usually check that coffee is not inter-grown with other crops such as maize and Beans, though they do allow intercropping with Macadamia. They also encourage farmers who have abandoned their coffee bushes to come more so due to high prices.