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    Kenya, Ndumberi AA

    Tasting Notes: Tangelo, Redcurrant & Raw Sugar

    Country: Kenya
    Region: Kiambu
    Altitude: 1,520-2,200m above sea level
    Variety: SL-28, SL-34, Batian, Ruiru 11
    Processing: Washed

    ABOUT THE BEAN

    Ndumberi Factory is operated by the Ndumberi Farmer Cooperative Society, which operates three factories in Kiambu county. The F.C.S.'s total membership is 1,967 across the three central processing units, representing a total farmland of just 520 hectares.

    Coffee in Kenya is typically traceable down to the factory, or mill level: Most farmers own between 1/8 to 1/4 of a hectare, and often grow crops other than coffee as well, which means they rely on a central processing unit for sale and processing of their coffee. Producers deliver in cherry form to a factory, where the cooperative will sort, weigh, and issue payment for the delivery. The coffee is then blended with the rest of the day's deliveries and goes on to be processed. Because of this system, which serves many hundreds to several thoughts of smallholder farmers per factory, there is limited traceability down to the individual producers whose coffee comprises the lots.

    For more information about coffee production in Kenya, visit Cafe Import's Kenya page.