KIMUNYE TEA FACTORY COMPANY LIMITED
Kimunye Tea Factory is one of the 67 factories managed by Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd. Its current designed capacity is 18 million kilos of green leaf. Its construction was done between the years 1975 to 1979 when it was commissioned. The factory occupies an area approximately 12 Ha of land.
It serves 8,500 growers in 44 collection centers all coded. The area under tea is 1508.35 Ha. Most growers own less than one acre of land under tea. Clones of tea grown in the catchments are 6/8, 31/8, 12/2, BB35 & 303/557.
Kimunye Tea factory falls within KTDA administrative Region 3 and is situated in Gichugu Division, Kirinyaga County in Central Province approximately 154 km from Nairobi city and 18 km from Kerugoya Town. Its location is 0º 25’31.9’’ South of the equator and 37 18’ 32.2” East of the Meridian at a height of 1820M above sea level.
The nearest and greatest natural features are the Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kenya forest. The factory is also served by two rivers namely Kiringa and Thiba rivers. The climate is cool with a maximum temperature of 28º C, minimum 15º C. Cumulative rainfall is over 2000mm per year. Soils are volcanic and slightly acidic with a pH of 5-6.
The Rain Forest Alliance certification is administered by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN). The standard is based on a practical and stringent standard for certifying farms based on 10 universal principles of sustainable agriculture which are built on the three pillars of environment, economy and social justice.
Kimunye Tea Factory complies with ESP’s code for producers regarding conditions of work and observance of labor laws, among other requirements.
ISO 22000:2005 is a standard that caters for the planning and realization of safe food products. It entails Pre-Requisite Programs (PRPs) namely HACCP, Traceability, Control of Non-conforming Products and Continual improvement. Kimunye is ISO 9001:2008 certified
Kimunye small holder farmers under the guidance of KTDA’s professional staff have over the years planted high quality tea bushes on the country’s lush green highlands. Kimunye has consistently advised farmers to pluck the best highlands. Kimunye has consistently advised farmers to pluck the best ‘two leaves and a bud’ to create the world’s finest and distinctive tea. The two leaves and a bud are flush, tender, succulent and fresh, thus guaranteeing freshness in every cup. This is the quality that Kimunye is renowned for globally.
Kimunye produces Black CTC (Cut, Tear & Curl) teas. It manufactures and sells the following tea grades:
Broken Pekoe 1 (BP1) – This grade forms about 13% - 15% of the total manufacture. It has the largest size of ‘grain’ particles and it produces liquors that are a bit light in body but with encouraging flavoring characteristics such as briskness.
Pekoe Fanning 1 (PF1) – This grade forms the bulk of the manufacture at about 55% - 60% of the manufacture. PF1 is black and grainy with particles slightly smaller in size than those of the BP1 grade.
Pekoe Dust (PD) – This grade forms 15% - 20% of the manufacture and is often black and finer than the PF1. It produces thick liquors.
Dust 1 (D1) – This grade is made up of the smallest particles and forms about 6% - 8% of the total production.
Fanning 1 (F1) – This is a mixture of traces of black tea and large amounts of small cut fibers often sifted out of the primary grades. F1 forms about 1.5% - 2% of the production and is quite useful in tea bags due to its quick brewing, strong flavour and good colour.
Dust (D) – This is made up of tiny bits of broken leaf and is often used to brew strong tea in tea bags. It comprises about 0.3% - 0.5% of production
Kimunye has been able to be recognized as producing quality made tea sold in Mombasa auction by East Africa Tea Trade Association and Tea Board of Kenya for the last four years.
|James G. Gutu- Vice Chairman||Samuel K. Muriithi||Esther Njoki Kabiru|
|Joseph Gitari Nyaga||Thomas Wachira Njuu||Jeffithah N. Karua- Board Member|
Telephone: 0710-133-445 | 020-2342910