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Nduma AA


SL28 & 34 Ruiru11, Batian

1600-1700 masl

The vast majority of the coffee bought and sold in Kenya is traded through the national auction system, where marketing agents enter cooperatives' and estates’ coffee and traders come to bid.
The main buyers from this auction system are large multinationals, who then offer the lots to importers and roasters. Unfortunately, this has been the only way to purchase Kenyan coffee for a long time.

The Nduma factory is located in Nyeri on the southern slopes of Mount Kenya, and they are part of the Rumukia Farmers Coop Society. The factory is mainly run by the local group called Kikuyu, and they deliver cherries regularly to the factory during the months of November, December and January. There are around 1200 smallholder farmers that contribute to the yearly production.

The Factory is built right next to the Tana River and the area where the coffee is grown is characterised by rich volcanic sandy soil and the abundant vegetation that surround the whole valley. Nduma in Kikuyu means "darkness" - the name was chosen because in ancient times the area was covered with thick forest where barely any light could penetrate, making the land very hard to pass through.

The land is rich in nutrients, and the farmers grow many other crops alongside coffees. This boosts their total household income and renders the community independent and economically stable.

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