Notes: Pear, Blackberry, Peach, Grapefruit
Region: Kiambu County
Farms: Thiririka Farmers Cooperative Society
Variety: SL 28, SL 34, Ruiru 11
Altitude: 1550-1700 meters
Production Method: Washed
The Thiririka FCS was founded in 1995; today the cooperative operates 3 separate factories (Kiganjo, Githembe, & Ndundu). Around 2,400 members belong to the Cooperative and around 800 of these deliver to the Gitare factory. The FCS itself is named after the Thiririka River, one of the main bodies of water in the region.
The affiliate members of the co-op are required to be very diligent in using best practices to carry out all agronomic activities associated with coffee production, including sourcing coffee seeds from the Coffee Research Institute’s Coffee Research Station. Planting and cultivating is carried out according to the guidelines offered by the group leadership and technical advisors. Fieldwork carried out involves weeding, pruning, application of fertiliser, mulching and technical advice. Technical advice is offered through farmer training programs and field visits offered by the ministry of agriculture.