Premium | Kiambu Ngaita Peaberry 300 gmRegular price $30.00
- Origin: Kiambu, Muranga, Kenya
- Producer: Ngaita coffee factory
- Variety: SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru-11 (Peaberry)
- Process: Wet Process (Washed)
- Drying method: Raised Beds, Sun Dried
- Altitude: 1800 masl
Earl Grey and bergamot citrus, cardamom tea, lemongrass, along with a clean sweetness that weaves together fruit hints of ripe mango, apricot, and a fresh strawberry
The Ngaita coffee factory is one of three cooperative wet mills that operates under the Ndumberi Farmers Cooperative Society umbrella ("FCS"). The Ndumberi FCS was formed in 1961, and serves coffee communities on the slopes of the Aberdare mountain ranges, close to Kenya’s capital of Nairobi.
Overall coop membership has grown from 400 members at inception to over 2600 currently. These are "small-holder" farms, usually less than 1 hectare of coffee planted adjacent to their homes.
Coffee is hand picked, and then delivered to the factory where an intensive hand-sorting process begins, starting with cherry and ending at the drying beds. So much attention is given to separating out over and under ripe cherries, as well as any other damage/defect found along the way. These wet mills recycle the water used to wash coffees by first channeling to soaking pits where it is treated to insure the nutrient rich water is not returned to their natural water source nearby.
They also reuse the coffee pulp that is a bi-product of processing to fertilize trees.
The coffee is then dry-milled, where yet another hand sort of the green coffee happens. The average growing altitude is around 1800 meters, and these small farms are planted in SL-28 and SL-34 varietals.