Кооператив: Komothai FCS
Станція обробки: Kirura
Різновид: SL 28, SL 34, Ruiru 11
Висота: 1700 – 1800 masl
Грунт: Clay loam soil
Цвітіння: February – March
Врожай: October – December
Farm or Region History / Background
Kirura factory was started in 1988 by the Coffee farmers of the region.
Coffee is produced by small scale farmers of Komothai coffee grower’s cooperative society limited.
Kirura is one of the 13 factories within the Komothai FCS. Some of the factories are very far away from each other within the Kiambu county.
The factory is in Kiambaa division of Kiambu district.
It has an equatorial type of climate with rich volcanic red soils.
Agriculture is the major source of income with Tea and Coffee as the major cash crops. Other farming activities are food crops such as bananas.
Kiambu lies just on the slopes of the Aberdare mountains.
Farm / Estate Processing Techniques
The cherries are sorted before being pulped. The parchment is then fermented overnight, before being washed and graded into P1, P2, P3, P lights and pods. After that, it is dried on the drying tables for 8-14 days. In contrary to most other FCS, Komothai does not soak the parchment after washing.
Environmental / Sustainability, Social/Community Development
At Komothai, the members are free to choose at which factory they will deliver their coffee. The society wants to empower the new generation – most of the factory managers are between 25-35 years old.