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Kenya Nyeri Mutitu AA Washed

Origin Kenya /

Altitude 1 600 - 1 800 masl /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal Batian Ruiru 11 SL 28 SL 34 /

Product Code 6661

About Kenya Nyeri Mutitu AA Washed

Mutitu factory (wet mill) is a member of Rugi Farmers Cooperative Society. It was started in 1957 and is one of the oldest factories in Kenya. Around 750 smallholder farmers are actively delivering their cherry to Mutitu factory.

The factory is located near the town of Mukurweini in Nyeri county, on the eastern slopes of the Aberdares mountain range. Maincrop is harvested in October through December and Fly crop in April through June each year.

In 2018/19 season Mutitu processed around 350 000 kgs of cherry. After weighing the cherry to keep a record of each farmer’s delivery, coffee is pulped using a disc pulper to remove the skin and pulp, before the coffee undergoes a dry fermentation. After 12-24 hours depending on the ambient temperature the coffee is passed through washing channels to ensure all the fruit is completely removed from the parchment skin, and that coffee is graded by density. Then, the coffee is submerged in clean water for up to 36 hours with a water change every 5-12 hours before it is finally dried on raised beds. This coffee comes in with clean and floral profile with hints of apricot, dried dates, green apple and stone fruits.

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About Kenya

Kenya is a powerhouse coffee Origin and one that is dear to our hearts. Traditional production practices and attention to detail at the best mills and Estates favour quality unparaelled in other coffee origins and the flavour profiles coming from the best lots can be sublime.

Kenya also has one of the most transparent and rigid buying systems in the world at the Nairobi auctions. There are a number of very well organised, established estates surrounding Nairobi - however the majority of supply comes from farmers organised into cooperative structures as the average farmer will typically have land of between 0.5 and 3 acres. By law in Kenya a farmer with under 5 acres must be organised into a cooperative.

Typically a Coop society may service a number of washing stations - each servicing there surrounding small holder farmers to bring coffees to mrket. It is illegal to sell cherry to a middle man, so to finance, educate, and provide inputs and support to farmers, there are a group of ‘market agents’ who act as representatives to the farmer throughout the chain. These Market agents act as the dry mill partners, and will take their cooperative partner’s coffee through the auction system. Market agents cannot own coffee - they instead charge their partner’s fees for the service of milling, and a small percentage of auction prices once the coffee is sold. These agents are a very important step in connecting the farmer to the market - as it is their samples that are passed on to all exporters bidding at auction - and they along with farmer will set the reserve price at auction and will then negotiate with the end buyer if this reserve is not met.

There are around 15 truly active exporters in Kenya - however there are over 60 registered at auction. Each exporter will cup over 600 lots from the 10 active market agents before each week’s auction. Due to the traceability enforced by law of where each small lot comes from - exporters with experience know which Market agent, representing which society or mill, will produce certain qualities.

Exporters then go to the Nairobi auctions on a Tuesday, after extense cupping and select the lots they want to bid on, and compete with the other exporters to select the lots they want for their markets.