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The Kii Factory is one out of three wet mills of the Rungeto Cooperative Society in Kirinyaga in Central Kenya. Kirinyaga is located on the slopes of Mount Kenya. It is made up of mainly smallholder farms, each with some 100 trees. The farmers are organized in Cooperative Societies that acts as umbrella organizations for the Factories, where the smallholders deliver their coffee cherries for processing.
Most coffees are grown under shade from Gravelia and Muringa Alloevella trees. Many of the farmers are surrounded by several wetmills. They are free to choose where they want to deliver their cherries as members. Due to the traditional auction system in Kenya, quality is rewarded with higher prices. The better factories will then attract more farmers by producing coffee getting the highest prices, as well as giving high payback rate to the farmers. This can in some cases be about 90% of the sales price after cost of marketing and preparation is deducted.
Cherries are hand sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go in to production. A 3-disc Agaarde pulping machine removes the skin and pulp. The coffee is fermented for 24-36 hour under close shade. After fermentation the coffees are washed and again graded by density in washing channels they randomly do soaking in clean water over night in clean water. Coffee is then sun dried for 12 to 20 days on African drying beds depending on the weather.