CRISP AND BRIGHT
FRUITY / BLEUBERRIES
SL 34 AND SL 28
LOTS: AA TOP KAGONGO
LOCATION: Kianyaga town, Kirinyaga County, on the southern slopes of Mount Kenya.
FARMERS: With approx. 500 members, Kagongo washing station (also called factory) was built in 1959 and named after a Kikuyu name which means ‘high grounds’. Kagongo is part of Baragwi Cooperative Society – a big Society with almost 12,000 active registered farmers and another 11 washing stations.
PRODUCTION & PROCESSING: There are over 54,000 smallholder farmers in Kirinyaga County, mostly organized in 16 different Cooperative Societies. Together they produce over 70% of all coffee production in the County. Smallholder farms delivery their ripe cherries in centralized washing stations, where they are pulped, fermented overnight and left to sun dry in elevated tables.
SIZE: The estimated area reached by Baragwi (whole society) is over 1,500 Ha.
VOLUNE: Kagongo alone produced around 60 MT of coffee annually.
VARIETY: Traditional varieties SL34 and SL28.
ALTITUDE: 1,700 to 1,800 m.a.s.l.
SOIL: red volcanic soils.
RAINFALL: Annual average for the region is 1,520 mm.