Kenya Barichu Karindundu

The Karindundu factory is located in the Nyeri district in the Southern part of Mt. Kenya and is part of the Barichu Cooperative Society. The Karindudu factory serves about 950 small scale producers that grow coffee between 1,700 - 1,800masl in rich volcanic soil. They produce about 300 tonnes of cherry per year and use fresh river water from the Kirigau springs for fermentation then sun dry the coffee on raised beds.

KARINDUNDU is a Kikuyu word meaning “the wrapped” and derived from the Kikuyu and Ukabi wars over land issues in the events of migration in the old days. Within the vicinity of the factory, there is the famous open air Market and also Hotels to cater for visitors.

Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society is located in Mathira East Sub-County in Nyeri County. It is currently composed of four factories, Karatina, Karindundu, Gaturiri and Gatomboya. It was registered in October 1996 under Cooperative Development and Coffee Board of Kenya. It has 5,800 registered members and produces 3 million - 5 million Kilos of coffee. Barichu works to give the farmers credit facilities for school fees, farm input and other emergencies. Their goal is to help educate farmers on crop husbandry and other agricultural practices important to the coffee. They have a demonstration plot financed by Tropical Management and house a nursery which serves the whole society providing matured seedlings to help reduce drops in production/income for farmers.

Cupping Notes: Rich buttery body, savory sweet, complex with citrus and fruit flavors such as grapefruit, lemon rind, cranberry, raspberry and watermelon.

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