Kenya – Kii – AA B9440
This Kenyan offering comes to us from the Kii washing station, courtesy of the Rung'eto Farmers Cooperative Society. In 1952 Rung'eto was started and the formative members planted their first coffee trees and today, this cooperative is comprised of 3,556 contributing members averaging an annual production of 500,000 kg of cherry. In terms of harvest and process, all farmers selectively hand pick fully ripe cherries and deliver them for wet milling on the same day. Red ripe cherries are separated from under-ripes, over-ripes, and foreign matter. Coffee is promptly depulped, fermented, and washed using clean river water that is then recirculated before disposal into seepage pits. Once washed, coffee is placed on raised beds for drying. As coffee dries in Kenya it is typically hand sorted and turned consistently.