Gititu AB - Kenya
The Kimandi Factory AB Lot coffee is a high-quality product sourced from family-owned farms organised around the Kimandi Factory, situated in Kirinyaga County on the fertile slopes of Mount Kenya. Managed by the Kabare Farmers' Cooperative Society, the Kimandi wet mill operates in harmony with sister factories Karinga, Konyu, Karani, Kiangombe, Kaboyo Mukure, Mukengeria, Kathata, Kiangothe, and Kiamiciri.
These factories are supported by approximately 6,025 active members who deliver coffee throughout the year. Harvests are conducted in two primary cycles: the main crop from October to December and the fly crop from May to July.
The Kimandi Factory AB Lot coffee is grown in deep, red volcanic soil, rich in organic matter. This soil, paired with a bimodal pattern of 1,000-1,400 mm annual rainfall and an altitude of 1,900-2,000 meters above sea level, provides an optimal environment for coffee cultivation.
The variety consists of 80% Arabica SL 28 and SL 34, and 20% Ruiru 11 and Batian, resulting in a complex flavour profile. Each coffee cherry is handpicked only when perfectly ripe, and subsequently undergoes meticulous sorting at the factory.
Once sorted, cherries are pulped and fermented for approximately 16 hours, depending on ambient temperatures. The coffee is then washed in clean, crisp mountain-tapped water. After washing and grading, the parchment coffee is laid out to sun dry on raised beds for 14-21 days, enhancing the beans' natural flavour and aroma.
The Kimandi Factory AB Lot coffee showcases the commitment to quality and tradition upheld by the Kabare Farmers' Cooperative Society. With each cup, the rich heritage of Kenyan coffee cultivation is celebrated.