Ideal Estate is located in Kiambu county in an area known as Komothai.
James Ndichu Waweru is the owner of the 3.5-acre farm, where he is growing coffee, banana and has a dairy business.
Coffee was first planted here in 1963 and is located close to an area known for its large estates. Up until the 1950s, it was only white settlers growing coffee, but soon the expertise was disseminated throughout the local communities, and coffee was grown by farmers organized in cooperatives and the estate sector. Waweru has a small hand pulper for coffee processing that has a motor attached – after picking, he does his own pulping, fermentation, washing and drying on raised beds before the coffee is transported to the dry mill for secondary processing. He is using river water for the washing, and the nearby stream is called Kibonge.
Varieties: SL 28/SL 34 (60%), Ruiru 11, Batian
Processing: Fully washed
Rainfall: Annual average around 1300mm falling in a bimodal pattern Soil: Red loam