*Note: Monday Roast only. All orders must be placed before Monday.
Karatu Coffee Factory is located in Central Province, Thika District in Ndarugu location of Gatundu Division near Gatundu town.
It was established in 1965 and rests on a 11 acres piece of land serving Karatu, Gitwe, Kibiru and Kigaa Villages.
Currently, it is affiliated to Gitwe Farmers Co-operative Society Ltd
Its membership currently stands at 800 which 700 are active farmers while 100 are inactive farmers.
The most unique aspect of this factory is that it’s houses the society head office.
Karatu Coffee factory is run by David Kanya the factory manager with 6 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 8 casuals while on off-peak at most 1 Casual is retained.
The Permanent staff duties include weighing coffee, selection and grading of coffee, paying farmers and addressing farmers’ complaints.
Soil and Climate
The factory lies about 1883m, Accuracy of 9m, Location (00 56.896S, 036 49 877E). The soil is red. The area experiences high bimodal rainfall of about 1500mm p.a. with temperatures ranging between 13-24 degrees Celsius. The long rains fall between March- May while the short rains come between October and December.
After harvesting all the coffee is delivered to the factory and undergoes the wet processing method. Water is pumped from River Rwabura 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 awaiting delivery to the millers who are also the marketing agent- KPCU