Kiunyu Coffee Factory is located deep within the tea zone of Kirinyaga County. Established in the 1960s, Kiunyu and Kabingara, the two factories of the Karithathi F.C.S., are delivered cherry from farmers in and around the villages of Kagumoini, Kianduma, Kiambuuku, Kiambatha, Gatura and Kiamuki.
The main varieties of coffee grown here are SL-34 and Ruiru 11, with SL-34 accounting for 99% of all coffee produced from this factory. As is the situation in most of North Kirinyaga, most farmers in the area favor growing tea over coffee which accounts for often lower production rates. CMS with the aid of Co-op management are aiming to educate farmers on the potential returns of well grown coffee and are assisting with training in coffee specific agronomic practices.
Water used during process comes from the Karithathi River to reservoir tanks. It's re-circulated twice before taking a final load of cherry skin & pulp to the pulp tower then is dropped to soak tanks where it slowly rejoins the water table, cleaned of most impurities.
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