Kavutiri - Kenya - Washed
BLACKCURRANT | RASPBERRY | GRAPEFRUIT
Varietal: SL28, SL34
Roasting Profile: Filter, Aeropress, French Press
Kavutiri Factory was built in the 1960s when there were few coffee farmers. During that period, farmers were allowed only to plant 100 coffee seedlings. It is one of the early factories in the area; it was centrally located to service a larger portion of Embu's coffee-producing area. Now it provides market and milling services to 980 farmers in the Kianjokoma, Runyenjes and Manyatta areas.
Kavutiri coffee factory is located at Gaturi North location, Kavutiri sub-location, Runyenjes division Embu County. The smallholder farmers who bring their cherry to the factory grow coffee on small plots of land, and also typically grow crops like macadamia nuts, corn, beans, and bananas.
Kavutiri Coffee Factory experiences moderate bimodal rainfall and temperatures here range from 13 to 24C year-round. The main varieties of coffee grown here are SL28, Batian, SL 34 and Ruiru 11. The region has deep, fertile well-drained red volcanic soils which are ideal for coffee production.
After picking, the members deliver the fresh coffee berries to the mill, where they are depulped (the fruit skin and pulp is removed mechanically), then fermented in large tanks and washed with clean water from the nearby river Ene.
The wastewater is cleaned before being led back into nature. After washing, the coffee is dried on typical African raised beds, that allow good air circulation between the beans. Beans are dried to between 11 and 13 % and then brought to the Central Kenya Coffee Mill in Nyeri for grading and sorting.
From funds set aside from the previous year’s harvest, members of the cooperative can access pre-financing for school fees, access to farm inputs and funds for emergency needs.
The factory is receiving assistance from a field partner- Coffee Management Services (CMS).
The long term goal is to increase coffee production through farmer training, ready access to inputs, Good Agricultural Practice seminars, and providing the most current printed materials on sustainable farming. By paying the producers some of the highest returns for their coffee this objective becomes more possible.
In line with the rising awareness on the need to conserve the environment, the factory has dug the wastewater soak pits away from the water source where the wastewater is allowed to soak in back to the soil. Currently, the factory does not engage in wastewater treatment. Additionally, the society encourages its members to plant trees on their farms.
Kavutiri Coffee factory is run by a factory manager who oversees all activities within the factory. Together with other staff members, they carry out duties such as weighing coffee, selection and grading of coffee, paying farmers and addressing farmers’ complaints.
Currently, the factory offers farm inputs on credit and cash advances to farmers as incentives.