- October - December
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Muthunzuuni Farmers Cooperative Society
Muthunzuuni Farmers Cooperative Society was established in 1979 and runs one wet mill in Machakos County. The FCS, with over 1,000 registered farmers, was named after the muthunzuu climber tree commonly found in the region that’s often used to feed livestock. Muthunzuuni is part of a larger umbrella organization – the Machakos Cooperative Union – that oversees 34 coffee societies across the Machakos and Makueni Counties. The Union offers a wide range of services, including transport, bookkeeping, accounting, education and training, and access to coffee seedlings.
Muthunzuuni FCS harvests around 300 million tons of cherry annually. This lot of Kenya AA green coffee is full of sweet and citrusy notes, including caramel, black tea, dark chocolate, pineapple, and tangerine.
Kenya Green Coffee Beans
Kenya green coffee beans are celebrated for bold, fruit-forward flavors that pack a punch in complex acidity. SL-28 and SL-34 are two of the most well-known varietals grown here, developed by Scott Agricultural Laboratories in the 1930s for drought resistance, exceptional cup quality, and large yield at high altitudes. After a coffee berry disease (CBD) epidemic in 1968, the CBD-immune Ruiru-11 varietal was developed and quickly adopted throughout the country.
Kenya coffee production has upheld quality and consistency throughout the years with detail-oriented management at the washing stations. Over 600,000 smallholder farmers around the country are organized into Farmer Cooperative Societies that oversee traceability and quality control for its membership body.
Kenya Coffee Processing
Producers handpick ripe cherries in the early morning and carry them to the wet mill, where the cherries are splayed out for sorting. Clean water is poured into the de-pulper, and the outer fruit of the cherries is removed between two rotating abrasive slabs. De-pulped beans sink into the fermentation tank, where they’re left overnight for the mucilage to break down.
The wet mill manager checks the fermentation tanks the next day and makes the decision to proceed with processing upon “feeling” the fermented parchment. As washed beans spill out into washing channels, producers repeatedly push the coffee with wooden shunts to sort beans by density. The denser, high-quality beans are then left to sun-dry on raised beds until they reach 10-12% moisture content.
Region Machakos County
Muthunzuuni Farmers' Cooperative Society & Factory
October - December