Region: Ndia, Kirinyaga
Farm: Smallholder farms
Variety: SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11, Batian, K7
Altitude: 1750 MASL
Cup: Toffee, lemongrass, hibiscus tea
Kaguyu Factory is located near Kerugoya town in the Ndia division of Kirinyaga county, and services 850 smallholder farmers, who grow an average of 200 trees per farm. The most common varieties are typical to Kenya: SL-28, SL-34, and Ruiru 11. The farms in this area have red volcanic soil, and the producers also grow tea, bananas, and corn on their plots, under shade provided by macadamia, eucalyptus, and gravellea trees.
Coffee is here picked ripe and brought to the factory for depulping, washing, and soaking; farmers receive training every year from the factory manager, and "field days" hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and agrochemical companies. The factory's water comes from the Rutui river, and there are four soaking pits for recycling and purifying the water.