Kenya Thambana Kiunga AA — Filter
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Based on the slopes of Mount Kenya, the Embu county is known for producing rather small amounts of coffee. However, coffee, alongside tea, are the main cash crops of the community.
The Thambana Farmers’ Cooperative consists of two wet mills: Kathima and Kiungu and is run by seven elected directors. Kiungu factory is situated in an area with wells of salty water, which the locals call “Kiungu” and the mill derived its name from. With 1,400 registered members cultivating coffee over 300 hectares, Kiungu Factory produces annually about 320 metric tons of coffee.
Kiungu Factory process coffee cherries traditionally: timely and selectively hand picking precedes a careful sorting before the cherry is pulped and processed. After utilising clean water from the Rupingazi river for the wet processing, the beans are sun-dried on raised beds and covered up whenever there is sign of rain or the sun’s rays are too harsh. The coffee is regularly checked for moisture and once it reaches the 10-12% target level, it will be bagged up for transport to the dry mill.