Kenya Nyeri Rumukia Maganjo AB – 16TY0005 – 31067 – GrainPro Bags – SPOT RCWHSE

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About this coffee

Grower

595 smallholder farmers organized around the Maganjo Factory

Altitude

1600 - 1800 masl

Variety

SL28 & SL34, Ruiru 11

Soil

Volcanic loam

Region

Nyeri County, Kenya

Process

Fully washed and dried in raised beds

Harvest

October- December

Certification

Conventional

Coffee Background

This is a juicy, assertively bright and citrusy outturn from the Maganjo factory, an historic processing site in Nyeri that was first established in the 1930s. These days Maganjo is part of Rumukia, a small but well-known producer organization in Nyeri County.  

Central Kenya & Nyeri County  

Mt. Kenya, at the helm of Kenya’s Central Province, is the second tallest peak on the continent of Africa and a commanding natural presence. The mountain itself is a single point inside a vast and surreal thicket of ascending national forest and active game protection communities. The central counties of Kenya extend from the center of the national park, like five irregular pie slices, with their points meeting at the peak of the mountain. It is along the lower edge of the forests where, in wet, high elevation communities with mineral-rich soil (Mt. Kenya is a stratovolcano) many believe the best coffees in Kenya, often the world, are crafted. Nyeri is perhaps the most well-known of these central counties. 

Rumukia FCS and Processing Style  

Kenya’s coffee is dominated by a cooperative system of production, whose members vote on representation, marketing and milling contracts for their coffee, as well as profit allocation. Rumukia Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS) is an umbrella organization that represents only 3 total factories (centralized wet mills). The cooperative society is headquartered outside the town of Karatina, close to the border with Kirinyaga county. 

Of Maganjo's 595 contributing farmer members, 268 are women. Farmers average 0.5-1 acre of farmland each, most of whom grow subsistence crops in addition to coffee itself. Regardless of farm diversity, coffee of course remains the central source of income.  

Kenya is of course known for some of the most meticulous at-scale processing that can be found anywhere in the world. Bright white parchment, nearly perfectly sorted by density and bulk conditioned at high elevations is the norm, and a matter of pride, even for generations of Kenyan processing managers who prefer drinking Kenya’s tea (abundantly farmed in nearby Muranga county) to its coffee. Ample water supply in the central growing regions has historically allowed factories to wash, and wash, and soak, and wash their coffees again entirely with fresh, cold river water.  

At the factory, Maganjo collects cherry from members daily throughout the harvest months. The cherry is sorted on arrival for ripeness and consistency and then blended together for processing: coffee is depulped and fermented overnight, washed in fresh water and moved to raised screen tables to dry, a process that takes 2-3 weeks depending on local climate and ambient temperatures.  

After drying is complete the coffee is conditioned in large perforated bins on site to allow moisture to stabilize, preparing the coffees for transit and a long shelf life. The established milling and sorting by grade, or bean size, is a longstanding tradition and positions Kenya coffees well for roasters, by tightly controlling the physical preparation and creating a diversity of profiles from a single processing batch.