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Kenya – Matwewathi AA


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Cooperative: New Gikaru Farmers’ Cooperative Society

Department and District: Mukurweini, Nyeri

Altitude: 1600 MASL

Varietal: SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru-11, Batian

Process: Washed and sundried on raised beds

Notes: Currant, Lemon, Tropical Fruits

Mutwewathi Factory was started in 1986 under Mukurweini Farmers’ Cooperative Society which later split to form New Gikaru Farmers’ Cooperative Society. It is located in Thiha (town), in the Mukurweini sub-county in Nyeri County. This factory is affiliated with New Gikura with a total of 489 active members.

Muthwewathi Coffee Factory is run by a factory manager named Lawrence Maina. The permanent staff duties include weighing coffee, selecting, and grading coffee, paying farmers, and addressing farmers’ complaints. There are eight employed permanent workers.

After picking, ripe cherry is brought to the factory before it undergoes processing to remove the skin and pulp – known as the wet processing method. Wastewater is discarded in soaking pits and is also recirculated for conservation.

The factory is using a disc pulper with three sets of discs to remove the skin and fruit from the inner parchment layer that is protecting the green coffee bean. After pulping, the coffee is fermented overnight to break down the sugars, before it is cleaned, soaked, and spread out on the raised drying tables. Time on the drying tables depends on the climate, ambient temperature, and volumes under processing, and can take from 7 to 15 days in total.

There’s no doubt: Kenya is an amazing coffee destination. Coffees from this origin are known for their powerful aromas, refreshing acidity, flavors of sweet berries, rich mouthfeel, and clean and lingering aftertastes. Kenya has a well-established and well-functioning auction system.

The washing stations that produce our coffee pride themselves on having some of the best-paid cherry producer members in the country. The system at the Kenyan Coffee Auction is refreshingly transparent in its communication where coffees come from, its systematic organization of coffee by screen quality (such as size and physical attributes), and in its practice of rewarding cup quality/sensorial attributes.

Photos Courtesy of Collaborative Coffee Source

SKU: AF1952 Category:

Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 6.5 × 2 × 11.5 in

5 Pounds, 12 Ounces, 8 Ounces


Whole Bean, Espresso, Aeropress, Pour Over/ Drip, French Press