Kenya Chinga AB
Kenya Chinga AB
Plums, Grapes, Ricola
Producer: Chinga smallholder farmers
Cooperative: Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society
Region: Karuthi, Nyeri, Kenya
Varieties: SL 28, SL 34, Ruiru 11, Batian, Geisha
Altitude: 1795 masl
Processing: Fully washed & sun dried on African raised beds up to 21 days
Recommended for: Filter
The Chinga Factory is one of the nineteen member factories of the Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society. The factory is situated between two rivers the Rwarai and Chinga iver, this area is known for its high altitudes and diverse micro climates.
The Cooperative Societies are the umbrella organization for one or several wetmills. Typically you have the Tekangu society that represents the wetmills Tegu, Karogoto and Ngunguru. The wet mills in Kenya are called Factories, e.g. Karogoto Factory.
A typical wet mill can have about 1000 farmers delivering cherries. They give a small advance payment at delivery. The better and well-managed wet mills are able to give more than 85% of the sales price back to the farmers. That’s after cost of milling and marketing is deducted.
During production, cherries are hand sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go in to production. A disc pulping machine removes the skin and pulp. The coffees are graded by density in to 3 grades by the pulper. Grade 1 and 2 go separately to fermentation. Grade 3 is considered low grade. The coffee is fermented for 16-24 hours under closed shade. After fermentation the coffees are washed and again graded by density in washing channels and are then soaked under clean water from the Gatomboya stream for 16-18 hours. The coffees are sun dried up to 21 days on African drying beds. Coffees are covered in plastic during midday and at night.
Kenya mainly produces fully washed coffees, and is considered by many as the world’s number one quality producer. There are more than 700 thousand coffee farmers (smallholders) representing about 55% of the production. The rest is mostly Estates.
This is the first year that we bought coffees from this Factory and it is definitely very interesting as it represents a slight various to how we always viewed and tasted Kenyan coffees. One for those who enjoys a sweet and fruity coffee in a cup that has a nice rounded mouthfeel to it.