Karumandi factory is one of 12 factories managed by the Baragwi Farmer’s Cooperative Society, which has been in operation since 1953. Baragwi FCS also funds the Mount Kenya Project, which aids local women in developing small businesses. Individual farmers typically harvest from around 250 coffee trees on half-acre plots and deliver cherry to the factory. At the factory only the ripest cherries are delivered, and additional hand sorting and floating is done to remove less dense and damaged beans before the coffee is depulped, fermented and washed. After the coffee is washed, it’s soaked in fresh water for long periods of time to solidify the hallmark Kenyan profiles. The coffee is dried over a period of two weeks on raised beds, which are carefully constructed to ensure proper air circulation and temperature control for optimal drying.