Organic Kenya from Muiri Coffee Estate
|Farm:||Muiri Coffee Estate|
|Location:||Thika, West District, larger Kiambu, 5 kms off Bob Harris Rd, Thika|
|Production:||80 mt/yr (gradually increasing)|
|Altitude (m):||1,530m above sea level|
|Size (acres):||443 acres of land, 40 acres dam, 216 acres under coffee (100% Organic)|
|Soil Type:||Deep red volcanic soils|
|Crop:||June-July (early crop) Oct-Dec (late crop)|
|Varieties:||Sl28, Sl34, K7 & Ruiru 11, and soon to introduce Batian|
|Processing:||Wet Processing. Timely and selective hand picking is carried out at the wet mill. Cherry is delivered to the wet mill the same day it is picked. Cherry sorting is carried out at the wet mill prior to the pulping. Red ripe cherries are separated from underipes, overipes and foreign matter. Processing utilizes clean water (wet processing) that is recirculated before disposal into seepage pits. Sun drying is done before delivery of the coffee to the dry mill for secondary processing.|
|Wildlife:||Hippos, Antelopes, dik dik.|
The farm was previously known as Kihoto farm (1969-1975). Later changed in 1976 to Muiri coffee estate after an African tree species called pruners (Muiri in kikuyu language).
This is a farm developed with coffee plantations, a wet mill, borehole, large dam, stores and labour cottages.
Muiri Coffee Estate consists of about 110,000 trees (Sl28, Sl34, K7), with over 46,000 trees of Ruiru 11 interplanted in some of the blocks, 156,000 coffee trees in total.
The farm has over 200 different species of other trees which were planted between the years 2000-2002. Gravellier, approx 25,000 trees, Eucalyptus, appox 40,000. Silver Oak 8,000, Neem 1,000 and 20,000 of different species, about 94,000 trees in total.
To help farm workers and their families, we have allocated land to over 1,000 families for cultivation of beans.
The Farm has been certified Organic from 2008 to date.