The fertile land is rich red volcanic soil, resulting in more vibrant and complex coffees.
Kiunyu Coffee Factory
The area is extremely fertile, made up of rich red volcanic soil at an altitude of 1,500+ masl and an annual rainfall of around 1,400 mm. The majority of coffee varieties grown here are SL34, but some farmers also grow Ruiru 11.
Coffee farming in the region started in the 1950s. However coffee is not the main source of income for the farmers. Other than coffee, they also produce macadamia, maize and dairy. Additionally, many farmers prefer to grow tea because of its constant high yield throughout the year and easier to produce.