From Kirinyaga, Kenya
From Kirinyaga, Kenya
Muchagara from Baragwi FCS makes a return to the menu with this sweet, balanced, and bright selection. In the cup, we find notes of mulberry, red apple, and dark grape.
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Producer Baragwi FCS
Region Kirinyaga, Kenya
Varieties SL28, SL34, Batian, Ruiru 11
Altitude 1,700 - 1,800 masl
Named after a village in Kirinyaga county, Muchagara is the oldest processing factory in Kirinyaga. Opened in 1959, Muchagara is operated by the Baragwi FCS, which counts 1,700 member farmers. Baragwi is one of the largest co-ops in Kenya, and it provides its members with manure and seedlings, as well as consultations with agronomists to help ensure consistent quality. During harvest, smallholders from the area deliver cherry to the factory for the high quality sorting and processing Baragwi is known for.
Located to the east of Nyeri, Kirinyaga County is one of the most famous coffee growing regions in Kenya. In Kirinyaga, coffee is grown in volcanic loam along the southern foothills of Mt. Kenya, and washed with clean, fresh water from the Kii river. Like in much, but not all of the rest of Kenya, most coffee here is produced by smallholder farmers and processed at cooperatively run factories.
SL28 and SL34 are the most sought after coffee varieties in Kenya, and in consuming countries have essentially become synonymous with quality Kenyan coffee. In recent years, we have been seeing more Kenyan offerings include the hybrid Ruiru 11 and Batian varieties. These hybrids are more resistant to Coffee Berry Disease and Coffee Leaf Rust than the traditional SL varieties while still retaining high quality potential, making them an important bulwark for producers against the devastating economic effects of crop disease.
De-pulped using a discpulping machine before undergoing stringent grading on the same day cherry is delivered. The coffee is fermented for 16-24 hours before being washed with clean water and then soaked for another 16-18 hours. Lastly, the coffee is covered and dried on raised beds under the sun for 21 days.
FOB: "Freight on board," usually the price paid to the coffee exporter for coffee ready to ship. This includes price paid to the producer as well as milling, warehousing and transportation costs plus any intermediaries' fees and export costs.
Farmgate: the price paid by the exporter or other buyer to the producer or producer organization.
$3.65 USD per lb
$5.75 USD per lb
$7.72 USD per lb
Total lot size of 900 kg. Subtext purchased 240 kg.
Apex has been working with Barawgi FCS for 3 years. This is the second year we have purchased Muchagara.
Subtext cupping score of 87