Rung’eto Farmers’ Cooperative Society planted their first coffee trees in 1953 and over the years has grown to have over 3500 members and three washing stations, or factories (A factory is a wet mill in Kenya vernacular, where to cooperative farmers bring their coffee cherry fruit for processing ). The region has deep, fertile well drained red volcanic soils which are ideal for coffee production. The normal harvest season is from October through December. Coffee cherries are handpicked and double sorted to assure only properly ripe cherries are delivered later that same day to the wet mill. After de-pulping, traditional fermenting, and washing, the parchment beans are sun dried on elevated tables which are covered at night to protect the beans from dew. The dried parchment is stored and milled just prior to export.
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