- 1,524 smallholders
- Nyeri County
- Ruiru 11, SL 28, SL 34, Batian
- 1,810 masl
The Kiandu Washing Station was formed by the Tetu Coffee Growers Cooperative in 1970, before merging into the Mutheka Farmers Cooperative Society (MFCS) in 2004. The MFCS provides financial support, production advice and works to raise awareness of the need to conserve the environment.
This lot was produced by the 1,524 active smallholders that comprise the MFCS today, who deliver their coffee cherries to the Kiandu washing station for processing. The farmers grow their crops on small plots located in the nearby foothills that benefit from their equatorial position, elevation and warm, humid climate.
All coffee cherries are handpicked and delivered to the washing station the same day, prior to being sorted for their ripeness and depulped to remove the fruit surrounding the bean. They then undergo a thorough 12 -48 hour washing process before being laid in the sun to dry on raised beds. All waste water from this process is flowed into soakaway pits, to nourish the soil and encourage newly planted trees.
Espresso: 1:2 coffee to water, extracted in 28-32 secs
Filter: 60-65g coffee per litre of water, brewed for 3-4 mins
Roast days are Tuesdays and Fridays. All orders placed by midnight the day before will be sent out first-class on the roast day.
We create a new and unique profile for each coffee we roast. Although the profiles are different, our approach is always the same, to highlight and accentuate the flavours created at the farm and mill. This means we don’t label our coffees as espresso, filter, dark or light roast. All of our coffees are omni-roast, meant to be delicious however you brew. We believe the heart of speciality is keeping the identity and character of every coffee intact and alive, no matter the brew method.