The name Njuriga has a cultural meaning for the Kikuyu tribe. It is the place where the men from the tribe were initiated into adulthood, and now the wetmill, or processing area, where this coffee is washed, fermented, and dried, bears this name. It seems appropriate, because this is where the ripe coffee cherries are transformed into the green coffee beans that can then be roasted and enjoyed.
This new cooperative is made up of farmers whose holdings average about one acre each. The cooperative is very well organized and the farmers are innovating their agricultural practices to improve quality and yield. The impressive cooperative management has attracted many farmers, and new members are joining the cooperative every year. Production has increased from 12,000 kg of raw coffee cherries three years ago to the current 45,000 kg harvested this season.
Region: Nyeri County
Elevation: 1800-1900 m
Farmer: Smallholder members of the Njuriga cooperative
Variety: SL 28 & SL 34
We Taste: Date, Tamarind, Molasses
Grind Level: Whole Bean
Roast Level: Light (Agtron: 68)