Kamwangi is one of two coffee factories [washing stations] owned by the members of the New Ngariama Farmers Cooperative Society.
The Kamwangi factory was built in 1983 & processes the coffee from 1500 co-op members. The average farm size is 1/2 an acre planted with around 300 coffee trees.
Coffee cherries are selectively hand-picked & taken to the coffee factory the same day. They are hand-sorted for any over or under-ripe cherries, de-pulped, fermented, washed & sun-dried on raised beds for 12-20 days. The beans are covered during the middle of the day to stop overheating & at night to stop moisture condensing on the beans.
farm/farmer New Ngariama Farmers Cooperative Society
cultivar SL28, Ruiru 11, Batian
process Washed, sun-dried
SL28 was developed by Scott Laboratories in 1931 from various coffees from Ethiopia, Sudan & Yemen. Ruiru 11 was developed at the Coffee Research Station in 1985 to be resistant to coffee leaf rust & coffee berry disease. Batian was also developed at the Coffee Research Station for disease resistance & released in 2010.
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