Machakos Cooperative Union – the umbrella organization for coffee farmers in Machakos and Makueni counties – is pleased to announce that it will launch is brand of coffee soon. Coffee is a major cash crop in Machakos and Makueni counties, and therefore the Union is working hard to add value to what farmers produce.
Plans are already at an advanced stage for roasting, packaging and selling our own branded coffee, both locally and globally. As the CEO Mr. Martin Malila says, “The cooperative mood in this region is full of excitement following the installation of the mill.”
With the help of the Union, the Lower Eastern Coffee Mill, which is owned by members of the Union, individuals and corporates, has installed a coffee milling plant in Machakos town in order to help coffee farmers add more value to their coffee. One of the important things the mill has done is to reduce the distance farmers’ travel to have their coffee milled. Shorter distance reduces costs and wastage that occurs in travel.
Secondly, farmers are milling their coffee at rates lower than those charged by any other miller in Kenya while at the same time eliminating wastage and thefts that occur in milling. In their own milling plant, farmers are sure to get the same amount of coffee as they brought for milling.