GUAMA Top-AA Grade Lot #93 – Kenya
Guama smallholder farmers
The Guama Factory is a member of the Baragwi Cooperative Society, this society is well known for its factories being some of those that consistently produce some of the great coffees of Kirinyaga.
The factory is named after the village of the area it is located, Guama Village and began processing coffee in 1974. This coffee comes from smallholder farmers in the surrounding area. The annual volume of cherry processed here is 750 tonnes, this is mostly SL 34 and SL 28.
The soil here is rich volcanic soil and sandy soil, the trees are flowering during February and April for the main harvest which is from October to December.
Cherries are hand sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go in to production. A disc pulping machine removes the skin and pulp. The coffees are graded by density in to 3 grades by the pulper. Grade 1 and 2 go separately to fermentation. The coffee is fermented for 16-24 hours under closed shade. After fermentation the coffees are washed and again graded by density in washing channels and are then soaked under clean water from the Gatomboya stream for 16-18 hours.