The other part of the blend is actually comprised of 3 of the best Kenyans from the Central Highlands. Kagumoini, Muburi and Ihara - cup scores of 87, 88 and 89 respectively. Kagumoini is situated in Nyeri County, and both Muburi and Ihara are washing stations located in the neighbouring county of Kirinyaga.
Kagumoini is a factory / secondary cooperative of the Mugaga Society and is situated on the slopes of the Mount Kenya and Aberdares mountains in the Central Province. It is comprised of around 1000 members. The region has red volcanic loam soils and good rainfall. SL28 and 34 are grown under shade. Smallholders also grow tea, maize, beans, bananas and vegetables. Kagumoini Factory has several initiatives aimed at uplifting the living standards of its members and employees.
These include: Credit facilities for school fees and medical emergencies, provision of farm inputs on credit and field days to train farmers on better farming methods.
Muburi factory is located in the village of Rwama, in the Gichugu division in Kirinyaga County. The annual rainfall in the area is approximately 1,900 mm, divided in two rainy seasons. The altitude is 1,600 metres. Muburi has a total of 1,080 active members and is a part of the Rwama Cooperative Society. The cooperative has another factory called Muthigi-Ini, which has another 1,700 smallholder farmer members. As is typical of this region, over 80% of all annual production is main crop, which means it is harvested between October and January. Coffee farmers in the area also cultivate maize, bananas and macadamia on their smallholdings.
Ihara factory is located in Mwirua village, a few kilometres from Kerugoya Town in Kirinyaga. It was built back in 1970, and rests on a 5 acre piece of land. Ihara is part of the Mwirua Cooperative Society, together with the Kiriaini, Mitondo, Gatuya, Gathambi, Kiaragana, Kiambwe, Rwamuthambi and Riakiania factories. While Ihara gathers 900 active farmer members, the whole society has over 5,800. The factory lies at about 1,540 metres above sea level and receives 1,200 mm of rainfall annually. Ihara is run by a manager and 5 permanent staff, and hires additional workers during the peak season to weigh coffee cherry deliveries, supervise sorting, pay farmers and oversea processing.