Farm: Various smallholder farmer members of Rama Farmers Cooperative Society
Variety: SL-28, SL-34, Batian, Ruiru 11
Altitude: 1310–1900 masl
Muthigi-ini Factory is operated by the Rama Farmers Cooperative Society, which has about 2,800 total active members and operates two factories. The membership of this F.C.S. represent just 263 total hectares of coffee land.
Coffee in Kenya is typically traceable down to the factory, or mill level: Most farmers own between 1/8 to 1/4 of a hectare, and often grow crops other than coffee as well, which means they rely on a central processing unit for sale and processing of their coffee. Producers deliver in cherry form to a factory, where the cooperative will sort, weigh, and issue payment for the delivery. The coffee is then blended with the rest of the day's deliveries and goes on to be processed. Because of this system, which serves many hundreds to several thoughts of smallholder farmers per factory, there is limited traceability down to the individual producers whose coffee comprises the lots.