Kamwangi AA - Kirinyaga, Kenya - Filter Roast

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  • Kamwangi AA - Kirinyaga, Kenya - Filter Roast
  • Kamwangi AA - Kirinyaga, Kenya - Filter Roast
  • Kamwangi AA - Kirinyaga, Kenya - Filter Roast
  • Kamwangi AA - Kirinyaga, Kenya - Filter Roast
  • Kamwangi AA - Kirinyaga, Kenya - Filter Roast

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PROVINCE Central Province
COUNTY Kirinyaga
1,550-1,650 meters above sea level
VARIETY SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11, Batian, K7
WASHING STATION Kamwangi Factory
OWNER New Ngariama Cooperative Society


 Kamwangi is a washing station—or factory, as they are called in Kenya—that is owned by the New Ngariama Farmer’s Cooperative Society, in the Kirinyaga district. It sits on the slopes of Mt. Kenya in the agriculturally rich Central Province at 1,610 meters above sea level.

New Ngariama was originally part of a much larger society called Ngariama, which was established in the 1950s. This society was split up into smaller cooperatives, and New Ngariama is one of them.

The leader of New Ngariama is Ephantus Mangu, who has been the chairman for the last decade. The cooperative has three washing stations: Kamwangi, Kainumui and Kiamugumo. Kamwangi is the largest of the three and was established in 1982. The washing station has five permanent staff but employs up to 50 people during the harvest.

Around 500 members deliver coffee to Kamwangi. They have on average of 3–5 hectares of coffee (around 1,500–2,000 trees) planted at 1,550–1,650 meters above sea level. The main varieties of coffee grown in this region are SL-28 and -34, which account for 95% of all coffee produced. The region’s high altitude means that the coffee fruit is able to mature slowly, and this, combined with rich volcanic soil and careful processing, helps to highlight the inherent complex fruit flavours from the SL-28 and SL-34 varieties. Both cultivars have Bourbon and Moka heritage and are named after the laboratory that promoted their wider distribution in Kenya during the early 20th Century: Scott Laboratories.

In addition to the SL-28 and SL-34 that are almost ubiquitous around Kenya, this lot contains around 5% of the Ruiru 11 variety. This variety is slowly becoming more widespread in the region due to its resistance to Coffee Berry Disease and Coffee Leaf Rust and has been backcrossed with SL-28 and SL-34 to ensure high cup quality.

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