The Kathakwa washing station is park of the Kibugu farmers co-operative located near to the village of Kibugu on the slopes of mount Kenya. Small hold farmers delivery their cherry to the washing station for process. The coffee is pulped, fermented and graded in channels before drying on raised tables.




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Kibugu Farmer’s Cooperative Society.

Meet The Producers

Kathakwa washing station sits on the slopes of Mount Kenya in the Manyatta division of the Embu County. Rich volcanic soil, annual rainfall of almost 1,500m, and the abundance of SL 28 and SL 34 varieties all lend immense quality to the production of coffee in this specific area. In this area of Kenya, smallholders deliver coffee in cherry to washing stations. They are paid cash on delivery and the coffee is then combined with deliveries from other small hold producers.

Harvesting & Processing

The is hand harvested by small hold farmers who mainly grow SL28 and SL34 varietal trees. After harvesting the coffee is delivered to the washing station for processing. Kenya processing is very similar to Rwanda and the coffee is first pulped to remove the outer layer of fruit and left in tanks to ferment over night. In the morning the coffee is washed and graded in channel to seperate by density.

The better quality, more dense beans will sink and are seperated from the lighter, lower quality coffee. After grading the coffee is left to soak in clean water and then moved to dry on raised tables.