This is a beautiful cup of Kenyan coffee. It is sweet and jammy with notes of blackberries and tropical fruits.
Ngandu factory is under the Rutuma Farmers' Cooperative Society, which is located in the heart of Nyeri, just outside of the town of Karatina. The Ngandu factory was created in 1964 and there are currently 697 farmer members who deliver cherries. The farms sit at 1700-1800 metres above sea level. The farmers usually grow SL 28, SL 34, Batian, and Ruiru 11.
The farmers sort only ripe cherries. After pulping, the parchment is left in the tanks so that it can ferment overnight. Once the parchment is fermented it is separated into P1, P2, P3, and P lights and dried for 10-16 days. The factory uses raised beds to dry the parchment. The farmers use the cherry pulp and manure as fertiliser for their trees.
Ngandu - Rutuma Farmers' Cooperative Society
Mathira FCS was merged into Rutuma FCS. The Rutuma FCS Cooperative Society was established in 1995 after the split of the Mathira FCS, which itself had 11 wet mills. In 2005, Ruthanga, Tumutumu and Marua farmers’ cooperative societies merged and formed Rutuma Amalgamated FCS Limited which was registered on January 5th, 2005.
The various societies joining together already had existing community wet mills, which is how the society currently operates seven wet mills – namely, Ruthagati, Karie, Marua, Ngandu, Githima, Kianjogu and Ndurutu – and boasts an overall annual production of around 330 tonnes of green coffee annually.
Cultivar: SL 28, SL 34, Batian, and Ruiru 11.
Region: Ngandu, Nyeri
Bag size: 250g
Flavour note: Sweet, Jammy, Blackberries and Tropical fruits.