Kiangai washing station is located on the western periphery of Kirinyaga
county (at the very border of Nyeri county) at the Southern slopes of the
Mt Kenya highlands with rich and fertile red volcanic soils. It is part of the
giant Kibirigwi cooperative society together with 7 other factories. The
factory has a capture area that lies between 1650m to 1750m above the
sea level, the active farmers/members delivering coffee cherry to the
factory number about 1000, they own an average of 0.1 ha of land where
they cultivate food crops such as maize and beans for their subsistence.
The coffee is fully washed, the farmers cherry pick only the ripe berries
and it is delivered to the washing station on the same day for processing.
Hand Sorting (removal of unripe, diseased and overripe berries) takes
place beforehand to ensure only the ripe berries are brought in, the
pulping takes place using fresh water from the nearby Kibirigwi river. It is
dry fermented and washed thereafter while grading mechanically whereas
Parchment 1 (P1) and P2 and floaters are derived. The parchment is dried
on the raised drying beds for 10-14 days.
Region Kirinyaga, Kenya
Altitude 1700 MASL
Process Fully Washed
Varietal SL34, SL28, Baitan