Grower: 16,000 Producers | Baragwi Farmers Cooperative Society
Variety: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, and Batian
Region: Kirinyaga County, Kenya
Altitude: 1600 - 1800 masl
Soil: Volcanic loam
Process: Fully washed and dried on raised beds
Kenya’s coffee is dominated by a cooperative system of production, whose members vote on representation, marketing and milling contracts for their coffee, as well as profit allocation. Baragwi Farmers Cooperative Society oversees the operations of all 12 member cooperatives with a combined total of 16,000 farmer members. The group, like many cooperative societies country-wide, has a farmer-elected board with members from each sublocation. Royal buys several single-grade lots (i.e. AA, AB, and Peaberry) from select cooperatives within the greater Baragwi group, but we also purchase single-grade lots from the cooperative society itself, which are created by blended and milling the output of multiple cooperatives together to the same high standards.