Maganjo is a Kikuyu name meaning the “original land”, a name well deserved for an area 1800 meters above sea level (masl) with astonishing views over the Tumutumu hills in the Nyeri Region and the snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya.
Maganjo Factory was established in 1937 under Mukurwe-ini Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS). Since then it was owned by the giant Mathira FCS, before finally breaking off in 1996 to form Rumukia FCS with 2 other factories. The factory processes cherries from around 700 registered small-holder farmers, most of whom rely on coffee as a central source of income.
After the harvest, the cherries are taken to the Maganjo factory where they are sorted and graded. Primary processing involves mechanical pulping of the cherry skins using a 4 disc pulper machine and clean water sourced from the river Ragati.
This entire process is overseen by a team led by manager Peter Kinjoari monitoring overall operations and maintaining quality along the process.
It should be noted that this coffee is a Peaberry grade characterized by its round shape, as well as that only 5-10% of all coffee cherries grow and harvested produce only one coffee seed. The vast majority of coffee cherries have two seeds, so we can say that their flavors are concentrated in this single, rounded delicious coffee bean.
Region: Rumukia, Nyeri
Elevation: 1800-2000 m
Process: Washed, Dried on Raised Beds
Farmer: Rumukia Farmers' Cooperative Society
Variety: SL 28, SL 34, Ruiru 11, and Batian
We Taste: Passion Fruit, Fig, Persimmon
Roast Level: Light (Agtron: 74)
Passion Fruit, Fig, Persimmon