Our Coffees Karii

Kiru Farmers Cooperative Society

Black and red currants with fresh acidity and juicy body

Karii is a coffee processing station in Central Kenya owned by the Mutira Farmers Cooperative Society. The Mutira Cooperative has 4000 members, and the Karii Factory has around 600 farmers delivering coffee cherry. During the harvest, the farmers' cherries are picked and transferred to pre-sorting mats or tables where unripe and damaged cherries are removed before a soaking stage which enables the removal of immature cherries. Immature cherries float and can be easily separated from the mature coffee. The remaining cherry is then sent through a pulper where the skin is removed and the resulting parchment-covered coffee, complete with its mucilage (sticky covering), is soaked in water tanks. The soaking enables the mucilage to ferment and detach from the coffee. The parchment-covered coffee is then washed (hence the process name - traditional washed process) with fresh water, sent through water channels for grading (the sinking coffee is considered the sweetest) and then dried on raised screens before final milling and removal of the parchment. Most of the coffee grown in this area is of the SL28 and SL34 varietals. Both cultivars have Bourbon and Moka heritage and are named after the laboratory that promoted their wider distribution in Kenya during the early 20th century - Scott Laboratories, now the National Agricultural Laboratories of Kenya. Changes in the local climate are beginning to affect this part of Kenya – many of the farmers are now planting macadamia and avocado as shade trees to reduce the amount of heat and light reaching the coffee trees.