The Kibirigwi Kiangai washing station was created in 1953. The same year a group of farmers decided to establish the Kibirigwi Farmers Coop Society.
At this point in time the Kibirigwi Coop is affiliated Kyrinyaga County Coop Union and operates eight factories altogether.
The water used for the processing comes from the Kibirigwi river, hence the name, which is 50m from the factory.
The cherries are sorted and floated before being pulped to separate any split, under and over ripe from the individual deliveries. The parchment is then fermented overnight, before being washed and graded into P1, P2, P3, P lights and pods.
After the grading, it is dried on the drying tables for 8-14 days.
In order to educate their members to Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS) the society has employed an agronomist to work in the field and carry out one to one training as well as group session throughout the harvest and during the off season.
The Coop also produce over 200,000 seedlings to be distribute amongst members every year free of charge to promote crop regeneration as well as distribute manure to promote organic fertilisation techniques. All the fermentation tanks as well as the washing channels have been tiled to improved the overall quality of the coffees and the cleaning and maintenance of the facilities
- Country: Kenya
- Region: Kyrinyaga County
- Altitude: 1,700 – 1,800 metres above sea level
- Varietal: SL28 & SL34
- Processing:Fully Washed
- Farmer: Kibirigwi Farmers Coop Society
- 19g in
- 40g out
- in 30 – 35 seconds
- 60g per litre
- Steep for 4 minutes
- Stir and scoop off the crust
- Wait a further minute for grounds to settle
- Either pour slowly without plunging using the lid as a filter or
- Gently push the plunger the bottom and pour slowly.
- ENJOY YOUR COFFEE