The types of coffee grown by our farmers are Bourbon (Arabica) with varieties: Harrar; Jackson 2/1257 and BM 139 Coffee plants flower in September and October and between March and July, the coffee cherries are ready for harvest.
WHAT WE DO
Specialty and Commercial coffee farming, sourcing, grading, trading and exporting the finest coffees of both washed & natural Arabica green beans from the of land thousand hills to the global coffee buyers and roasters.
The harvested red ripened cherries are harvested and picked from trees with a high production and without any disease or other affliction. The delivered cherries are inserted to wet processing machine in the same day.
Before pulping under ripe and over ripe cherries are picked out from the good cherries.
After pulping, the parchment coffee is fermented for 72 hours so that the mucilage can removed easily. After fermentation, the parchment is washed to isolate the floater coffee and after get rid of floater the final washing is done and the heavy parchment is taken to the drying table.
The table, which is made up of chicken wire, is covered by Hessian cloth, and the parchment coffees are spread thinly. After slow drying for 2 weeks, the dried coffee is weighted and traceability is assured through clear recording of incoming coffee and the steps in processing and storage. Fully washed coffee is classified by grade for absolute best but normal export quality sells as grade A2 which allows 12 defects with a clean cup.
Dry process is also known as unwashed or natural method and it is the most common method of processing coffee. The dried coffee is weighted and recorded before Milling. The picked red cherries are directly taken into the table and dried for not more than 3 weeks. The dried red cherries are stocked in the separated, clean, cool and well ventilated warehouse using new and clear bags. After some certain weeks, the husk is removed by hulling. The hulled green bean also is stocked at a separated clear area by using new bags until deliver to Naeb warehouse Waiting to be exported. Sun dried coffee can be of great quality when matured cherries are used all over ripe produce ” wiry” or ”fruity” cup test where green cherries give a grassy green flavor. Unguka Muhinzi is working with producers to deliver this quality more and more.