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Chorongi coffee factory is part of the Mutheka Coffee Farmer’s Society, consisting of more than 5600 active farmer members, with around 1000 of them belonging to Chorongi. Smallholder farmers delivering cherry to the factory have an average of 250 coffee trees each. Other crops grown are maize, bananas and beans. For shade the farmers may plant a combination of gravellea, macadamia, or eucalyptus. The factory is receiving assistance from our partner Coffee Management Services (CMS). The long term goal is to increase coffee production through farmer training, input access, Good Agricultural Practice seminars, and a sustainable farming handbook updated and distributed annually. Our wish is to establish a transparent, trust based relationship with the smallholder farmer, helping to support a sustained industry growth in Kenya, whilst bringing premium quality to our customers, and premium prices to the farmers. As a result of the combined efforts of CMS and the Mutheka farmers, Chorongi has increased their production, going from less than 50,000 kgs of cherry in 2010/11 season to almost 250,000 kgs in 2013/14 season. Through the pre-financing they receive, farmers are given advances for school fees and farm inputs. The factory manager is re-trained every year by CMS, in addition to field days being held by the minister of agriculture and agrochemical companies that deliver inputs to the farmers. Demonstration plots are planted at the factory to reinforce the best practices taught throughout the year.

Processing

After picking, ripe cherry is brought to the factory before it undergoes processing to remove the skin and pulp – known as the wet processing method. Wastewater is discarded in soaking pits, and is also recirculated for conservation. The factory is using a disc pulper with three sets of discs to remove the skin and fruit from the inner parchment layer that is protecting the green coffee bean. After pulping, the coffee is fermented overnight to break down the sugars, before it is cleaned, soaked and spread out on the raised drying tables. Time on the drying tables depends on climate, ambient temperature and volumes under processing, and can take from 7 to 15 days in total.

Story: Farmers within a close enough distance from the Buziraguhindwa washing station travel there by foot with their cherry to deliver it for processing. This lot is a collection of deliveries from these farmers. The producer separate the coffees both by area and date of picking until it’s cupped and approved. They also float and handsort cherries for all premium lots before it is pulped, fermented soaked and dried on raised beds. This coffee imediately had value for its delicate, soft character, red berry fruit and florals.

Buzuraguhindwa is a communal station in the high altitudes in Kayanza. He’s mainly producing fully washed, but is also experimenting with naturals. The coffees are basically all selected daily lots, named by the local area or Collin (hill) where the cherries are purchased. Farms in Burundi is small, often below one hectar each with some hundred trees. This means that a daily lot of e.g. 25 bags of greens can consist of coffee from some hundred growers.

Story

Nossa Senhora Aparecida is a farm in the South of Minas Gerais, in a region called Mantiqueira de Minas. The farm is owned by Ana Maria Borges Ferreira; Ana has followed her father’s example by choosing to work in coffee. Her farm is spread across 35 hectares, 30 of which is covered in Catuaí Vermelho, and she has worked over the years to increase the quality of her production, which is now 80% specialty.

Ana Maria Borges Ferreira comes from a strong family of coffee producers. Her father, Manoel Teodoro Ferreira first produced coffee in 1965. Ana and her husband, Luciano Borges Ferreira both very strongly believe in emphasising quality in the way they choose to produce coffee.

Processing

The cherries are picked manually and “naturally processed”. Normally the process gives you a sweeter coffee because of sugar migration from the pulp into the beans. The coffees are picked only when evenly ripe.

Drying

The ripe cherries are dried on a cement patio; all the lots are kept separately and hand sorted for over and under ripe cherries while being dried.

Story:

Wildan Mustofa  started his first coffee project at Sindangkerta, Weninggalih area in 2010. This later became his main growing area in Java Frinsa Estate. Since the first year of production, Wildan has aimed to focus on quality which requires meticulous attention and processes.

His idea was not instantly accepted by the locals. Producing palm sugar was the main source of living, but this was not enough to feed the whole family. Forcing the men to go to the cities to work as cheap construction workers earning less than USD 8 per day, while the women preferred to be migrant workers in foreign countries. Thus leaving the children “parentless” at home without proper adult supervision.

In early days, Wildan needed to “import” coffee pickers from a nearby area, Pengalengan, as the people in Sindangkerta were sceptical and reluctant to join the project. After a while they began to learn and understand how growing coffee could help them to improve their livelihoods and ensure their household needs. Slowly but surely mothers and fathers are returning back to the village and their children.

There is also a reason why Frinsa is using the white cotton bags instead of importing jute bags from India or Bangladesh. When the cherry-picking season ends, the women pickers can continue sewing the cotton bags and still earn a living.

Frinsa also focus on education. They donated a portion of their land in Mekarwangi village to build a high school for the community. Before when the children finished their elementary school, they had to walk around 10 km (one way) every day just to reach the nearest high school. Now they can continue their education in a much easier way.

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