Regeju Coffee Factory is located in Eastern Province, South Imenti District in Mikumbune location of Nkuene Division near Nkubu town. It was established in 1970’s and rests on a 5 acres piece of land serving Rugeju, Kumbuku and Ntimetekia Villages. Currently it is affiliated to Mikumbune Farmers Co-operative Society. The most unique aspect of this factory is that it is located within tea growing zones.
Management Rugeju Coffee factory is run by the factory manager with 5 permanent member of staff and Casuals. The number of Casual staff varies from year to year depending on crop harvest. During the peak season the factory employs about 3 casuals while on off-peak 1is retained. The casual staff duties include weighing coffee, selection and grading of coffee, paying farmers and addressing farmers’ complaints.
Soil and Climate The factory lies about 1689m, Accuracy of 10m, Location (00 04.702s, 037 37.931E). The soil is red. The area experiences high bimodal rainfall of about 1400mm p.a. with temperatures ranging between 13-25 degrees Celsius. The long rains fall between March-May while the short rains come between October and December.
Production The area experiences a biennial production cycle with the early harvest being from May-June and the late second season being from November-December. The main varieties of coffee grown are SL28 & SL34
Processing After harvesting all the coffee is delivered to the factory and undergoes the wet processing method. Water is pumped from River Katharu to the reservoir tanks for pulping and recirculation. After pulping the coffee is stored over night, washed, soaked and spread on the drying tables. The parchment is then frequently turned on the drying tables, sorted and stored.
In the cup; all you want and expect from a Kenyan coffee. Bright acidity clean and structured with beautiful blackcurrant notes. The coffee is perfect for filter with grapefruit, lime and white grape flavours. The mouthfeel is lush with a clean lingering finish,