The Kiamugumo Factory was founded in the 1970’s and is operated by the New Ngariama Farmers Cooperative Society. Here, about 1,500 contributing members deliver freshly picked coffee cherries during harvest. Each member grows coffee alongside other crops, such as bananas and papayas, on an average of a 1/8th hectare.
The factory and its local producers are situated on the slopes of Mt Kenya. Rich volcanic soil, lots of annual rainfall, and the abundance of highly esteemed SL-28 and SL-34 varietals all lend immense quality to the production of coffee in this specific area.
Once farmers bring their cherries to the factory, they are sorted and processed as soon as they arrive: The coffee is depulped, then fermented underwater for 12–24 hours before being washed four times and spread on raised beds for 9–13 days.
Years working with Axil: 4