Out of stock
1330 smallholder farmers organized around the Nyanja Factory
1600 - 1800 masl
SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, and Batian
Kirinyaga County, Kenya
Fully washed and dried on raised beds
October - December
Baragwi FCS is the largest producer organization in Kenya, with over 12 factories and over 15,000 members. This washed lot from the Nyanja factory is a quintessential Kirinyaga coffee: citric and jammy with red currant, tangerine, and lime.
Central Kenya & Kirinyaga 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. Kirinyaga is one of the best-known of these central counties.
Baragwi 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. Baragwi Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS) is an umbrella organization that represents 12 total factories (entralized wet mills), including Nyanja. The cooperative society is made up of 6,888 active farmer members.
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 Murang’a 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.
Nyanja hand-sorts all cherry delivered by farmers immediately before intake at the factory. After depulping, cherry typically ferments for 16-18 hours depending on ambient conditions (the changing mountain climate, as for many processors, tends to dictate fermentation temperatures, and processing staff are required to check fermentation progress every three hours). After fermentation, the parchment is washed in fresh water and flushed through long cement channels that allow the wet parchment to naturally separate by density, creating 4 final grades of parchment for every fermentation batch. Washed and graded parchment is then brought to the factory’s raised tables to dry, typically for two weeks. 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.