blueberry, blackcurrant, plum jam
Farmer: 1800 smallholders
Variety: SL28, SL34, Batian, Ruiru11
Altitude: 1740 masl
The Kainamui factory serves about 1,800 smallholder coffee farmers who are members of the New Ngariama Farmers Cooperative Society. The smallholders own an average of 200 trees on less than half a hectare of land. Farmers in the area grow grevillea, macadamia nuts, eucalyptus, tea, corn, and bananas in addition to coffee. The coffee gets sorted by maturity and quality grouping before pulping and washing. After that the beans receive between 24 and 48 hours of fermentation, depending on density, prior to drying on raised beds for an average duration of 10 days. This particular lot is the (PB) peaberry only lot from the processing station. Normally the fruit ("cherry") of the coffee plant contains two seeds ("beans") that develop with flattened facing sides, but sometimes only one of the two seeds is fertilized, and the single seed develops with nothing to flatten it. This oval (or pea-shaped) bean is known as peaberry.