Kenya Karatina AA


Cup Profile: Vibrant 

fruitful and complex; this coffee produces a dynamic cup, combining lively fruit qualities with more delicate floral and/or tea-like flavors.

In The Cup

This washed processed lot from Nyeri, Kenya yields a vibrant cup with a juicy mouthfeel; expect lively notes of Milk Chocolate, Raisin, and Bergamot.

With nearly 700,000 coffee producers, roughly 70% of which are smallholder producers, Kenya shines as a unique coffee-producing country in East Africa. Within the Nyeri County along the slopes of Mt. Kenya is the Karatina Factory, or wet mill. 1,450 smallholders in this region contribute coffee cherries to this mill and belong to the Barichu Cooperative Society. 

Situated at 1,650 meters above sea level, this region is defined by its bright red soils, full of rich nutrients for coffee trees. The high altitude allows for ideal temperatures and rainfall for the slow maturation of coffee cherries. Smallholders in this region grow coffee on small plots of land and pick the cherries during harvest to deliver to the mill. There are two harvests in the Nyeri County, one occurring from May – June and another from November – December. 

Once the cherries reach the mill, the coffee is washed with water from the Ragati River. After the cherries are pulped, the coffee is placed in large tanks to soak in water and ferment. This allows for the breakdown of the exterior mucilage, normally lasting overnight. The coffee is then rushed through channels and cleaned one final time before being spread evenly on raised tables to dry in the open sun until a targeted moisture content is reached. This can take around 7-15 days.