Kainamui AB // Kirinyaga, Kenya

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Kainamui Coffee Factory is situated in Ngariama location, Gichugu division of Kirinyaga County.  It was established in 1963, on the flowing slopes of Mount Kenya. The Kainamui Factory has 2000 members, 1200 of whom are men and 800 of whom are women. These producers are very small, with an average of only 200 trees.  With ideal conditions for coffee growing, farmers benefit from the mineral-rich, red volcanic loam soils.

The coffee is handpicked and delivered to the wet mill for pulping. This initially separates the dense beans from the immature “mbuni” (floaters) by floatation which lets the denser beans sink and later sent through channels to the fermentation tank. The first stage of fermentation lasts for about 24 hours, after which the beans are washed and sent to the secondary fermentation tank for 12-24 hours.  The washed beans then enter soaking tanks where they sit under clean water for another 24hours. This soaking process allows amino acids and proteins in the cellular structure of each bean to develop, resulting in more acidity and complex fruit flavors — a quality that distinctively identifies Kenyan coffee.

From funds set aside from the previous year’s harvest, members of the cooperative can access pre-financing for school fees, access to farm inputs and funds for emergency needs. The factory has partnered with Coffee Management Services (CMS), for its agronomical ventures. The long term goal is to increase coffee production through farmer training, ready access to inputs, Good Agricultural Practice seminars, and providing updated printed materials on sustainable farming. Paying the producers the highest possible returns sets the momentum for optimum coffee production.

New Ngariama
SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru-11, & Batian
1650 MASL
 *Roasts Tuesday, Ships the following day.