The name “Handege” is derived from Ndege, the Swahili word for aeroplane. Handege Coffee factory is affiliated to Ritho Farmers’ Cooperative Society.
This society is located in Gatundu location, Kiambu County and it was founded in 1972. Ritho is made up of 9 board members and it has two factories, Wamaguma and Handege.
|ALTITUDE||1600 - 1800 MASL|
|NOTES||Mango, Blackcurrant, Lime|
In line with the rising awareness on the need to conserve the environment, the factory has dug the wastewater soak pits away from the water source where the wastewater is allowed to soak in back to the soil. Currently, the factory does not engage in wastewater treatment.
Additionally, the society encourages its members to plant trees on their farms. After pulping the coffee is stored overnight, washed, soaked and spread on the drying tables. The parchment is then frequently turned on the drying tables, sorted and stored awaiting delivery to the millers.