- October - December
Kenya Kibirigwi FCS Kianjege Factory PB 2022
About the Coffee
The Kianjege Factory in Kirinyaga County sits at the foothills of Mount Kenya at 1,600 to 1,800masl among snow-capped peaks. Kianjege is a kikuyu word for a place full of porcupines, coined from the large porcupine population that resides in the area. The factory’s land is spread across seven acres, farmed by 1,000 smallholder members, and serves the Nyagathi, Ngangio, and Kimathi villages.
The factory is part of the Kibirigwi Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS), which includes the Ragati, Nguguini, Mukangu, Kiangai, Kibingoti, Thunguri, Chewa, and Kibirigwi factories.
Farmers who are served by the Kianjege factory grow SL34, SL28, and Ruiri 11 varieties in the region’s deep red volcanic soil. This washed coffee was harvested between October and December and wet processed with fresh water from the Mukengeria River.
Around 10% of coffee from Kenya is peaberry, where only a single coffee bean grows inside of a cherry instead of the typical twin beans. Because only one bean matures, the peaberry tends to contain more sugars than twin beans that usually share a cherry. This is also why peaberries tend to be rounder and denser than most coffee beans.
Kibirigwi Farmers Coop Society, Kianjege Factory
SL34, SL28, Ruiru 11
October - December