This lot comes from the Kiriti Farmers Co-operative Society. The co-operative currently supports nearly 781 smallholder producers living and working in farms surrounding Murang'a County. Situated at 1,650 meters above sea level, this region is defined by its bright red soils, full of rich nutrients for coffee trees. The high altitude allows for ideal temperatures and rainfall for the slow maturation of coffee cherries.
Smallholders in this region grow coffee on small plots of land, around 0.25 hectares, and pick the cherries during harvest to deliver to the mill. There are two harvests in the Murang’a County, a main crop occurring from October - February and a fly crop occurring from April - May.
Once the cherries reach the mill, the coffee is washed with water from the Gondo River. After the cherries are pulped, they are placed in large tanks to soak in water and ferment. This allows for the breakdown of the exterior mucilage, normally lasting overnight. The coffee is then spread evenly on raised tables to dry in the open sun until a targeted moisture content is reached.
Amongst the producers and the washing station (known as Factory in Kenya), various projects have been enacted to minimise the environmental impact. For example, wastewater used for processing is directed into soak pits to seep back into the soil without polluting the local drinking source.