Kenya - Kiamaina AB
Region: Central Kenya, Nyeri County
Producer: Kiama FCS
Farmers: 386 Smallholder Producers
Varietal: SL28, SL34 & Rukiru11
Processing: Fully Washed
Tasting Notes: Blackberry, red apple and mandarin.
About this Coffee
Kiamaina is a washing station (or factory, as they are called in Kenya), established in 1974 and located in Nyeri County in the Karatina Municipality. It is one of four active washing stations – along with its sisters Guchuiro, Ichuga and Kiangungo – owned by the Kiama Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Society (FCS). Kiama is made up of over 2,100 producers who farm in Kenya’s central highlands.
Kiamaina receives coffee cherries from about 386 of the cooperative’s members who grow coffee trees on nearby farms, located between 1750-1850 meters above sea level. The coffees in this lot are grown in the foothills of the extinct volcano, Mt Kenya, in an area defined by its bright red, nutrient-rich, volcanic soil, high elevations and cool climate.
Purity Wanjiku Muriuki is the first female factory manager at Kiama Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative. She oversees the collection and careful processing of the coffee cherries.