KENYA NYERI OTHAYA PEABERRY
Grower: Smallholder farmers organized around the Othaya Farmers Co-operative Society Limited (FCS)
Co-operative: Othaya FCS was established in 1956, has 19 factories (wet mills), and more than 14,000 members. Each factory processes coffee from farmers who generally have half acre plots averaging 250 coffee trees. Othaya FCS also has its own dry mill operation in Gatuyaini.
Othaya Farmers Coffee Productivity Project in partnership with the EU and the Coffee Research Foundation are working together to increase productivity of coffee production systems through the use of new varietals of Ruiru 11 and Batian. In essence, this project will help farmers replace older varietals that have a propensity to get Coffee Berry Disease and Leaf Rust. Having newer more efficient varietals cuts down the cost of production thus increasing productivity. This project provides farmers with a trusted source for seedlings. This is huge since most local nurseries are to blame for the proliferation of the aforementioned diseases.
Varietal: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 and Batian
Region: Nyeri County, Kenya, on the eastern slopes of Aberdares (Nyandarua) mountain ranges. The Aberdare Mountains are an isolated volcanic range that forms the easternmost wall of the Great Rift Valley. This region is known for its unusual vegetation, rugged terrain, and streams and waterfalls.
Harvest: October - December
Altitude: 1700-1900 masl
Soil: Volcanic loam
Process: Fully washed and dried on raised beds
The Cup: Nectarine, Grapefruit, Caramel, Honey