Muchagara coffee Factory came upon us as a total surprise this year. We might have cupped it in the past years, but without seen the potential. This year, the muchagaras really popped on our blind cuppings in origin as total standouts. And this was across different lots and grades. We bought both AA’s AB’s and PB’s. Muchagara is from Kirinyaga, where we see a lot of great coffees these days. They are also part of the Baragwi Coffee farmers Cooperative Society that are the umbrella Cooperative for more familiar names like Guama, Karumandi and Gachami among others.
Muchagara Factory is named after one of the villages in Kirinyaga County. The factory was opened for processing in 1959 making it the oldest wet processing centre in Kirinyaga. The area is very fertile for agricultural production and therefore making the factory very viable to be built in that location. The peaks of snow-capped Mt. Kenya are very visible and give good scenery for tourists.
Farm / Estate Processing Techniques Fermentation done with Fresh River Water and then sundried on raised beds
Region / Area Western side of Kirinyaga District in the southern part of famous Mt. Kenya.
Name of Farm / Cooperative Baragwi Farmers’ Co-operative Society
Name of Factory Muchagara Factory
Production: About 200 tonnes clean coffee
Number of producers/growers About 1700 persons
Minimum Altitude (metres above sea level) 1700m
Maximum Altitude(metres above sea level) 1800m
Soil type Rich Volcanic Sandy Soil
Flowering period Between March and April
Harvest period Between November and December
Shipping Period Between March and April
Average rainfall (mm) 1250mm
Average annual temperatures °C Average low:15 degrees Average high: 24 degrees
Certification Body 4C & RA Certified
Varietal (and % if blended) SL 28,Ruiru 11 and SL 34-
Process Fully Washed With Fresh River Water only and then sundried