Ihara coffee factory



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Ihara coffee factory was started in 2008 by a few farmers. It is part of Mwirua farmers cooperative society which manages a total of 9 factories/wetmills and was established in 1954. Small scale farmers pool their coffee cherry (raw coffee) to the factory for wet processing which is then delivered to commercial millers and marketers for milling and marketing respectively. After sales are concluded, it is the societys function to distribute the payments to the members on per production per member basis. The strength of the society lies with numbers which means processing costs per kilo delivered is usually lower when processing is done at the factory/society level than at individual level. This greatly improves economies of scale and enables farmers to access other resources such as agronomy advice, marketing consultancy and certification schemes at a favourable rate.

Where to find us

Daniel Wanjohi - Factory Manager

Origin:Kirinyaga, Kenya
Number of farmers:746
Altitude:1472 masl
Varieties: K-7 Ruiru II
Processing:Fully washed
Drying:Sun dried
Certification:Fairtrade UTZ Rainforest Alliance
Awards: -

Green coffee production history (kgs)

2020 (2019 / 2020 )36,98214,792
2019 (2018 / 2019)36,07314,429
2018 (2017 / 2018)66,19426,477

*Specialty: 80+ points

Coffee growing cycle

MonthMain season
January Sale
February Sale
March Flowering
April Flowering
May Maturing
June Maturing
July Maturing
August Maturing
September Ripening
October Harvesting & processing
November Harvesting & processing
December Harvesting & processing