Karinga - Kiambu, Kenya - Filter Roast
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ALTITUDE 1,840m above sea level
Gitwe Farmers Cooperative Society operates the Karinga Factory, which was founded in 1983. There are about 650 contributing members who deliver cherry to the factory, each growing coffee alongside other crops on about 1 hectare each, average.
The farmers bring their cherry to the factory for sorting and processing as soon as it is picked: The coffee is depulped, then fermented for 12–24 hours before being washed four times and spread on raised beds for 8–13 days. The factory has partnered with Coffee Management Services (CMS) in an attempt to increase production, but growth has been somewhat slow because of the local emphasis on growing tea in place of coffee.
The cooperative has a field committee that assists members by providing various services, including sourcing seeds and seedlings from the Coffee Research Center to guidance about fertilizer and performing farm visits to offer assistance. The field committee also conducts inspections to see whether coffee is properly intercropped with other products like beans and corn.
Coffee in Kenya is typically traceable down to the factory, or mill level: Most farmers own between 1/8 to 1/4 of a hectare, and often grow crops other than coffee as well, which means they rely on a central processing unit for sale and processing of their coffee. Producers deliver in cherry form to a factory, where the cooperative will sort, weigh, and issue payment for the delivery. The coffee is then blended with the rest of the day's deliveries and goes on to be processed. Because of this system, which serves many hundreds to several thoughts of smallholder farmers per factory, there is limited traceability down to the individual producers whose coffee comprises the lots.