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Kenya AA Top - Mitondo

Cherry hard candy, cane sugar, bright, juicy, toffee, balanced, raspberry finish
$7.18 / lb $474.87 / bag
TOP LOT
Bag Weight 30 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
Apr 2022
SKU P609120-8
  • 48 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

The Mitondo Coffee Factory is located in Central Province, Kirinyaga County in Mukure location of Ndia Division near Kerugoya town. It was established in 1966 and rests on a 14 acres piece of land serving Kirimaini, Kagioini and Ihara Villages. It is affiliated to Mwerua Cooperative Society, together with the Kiriaini, Ihara, Gatuya, Gathambi, Kiaragana, Kiambwe, Rwamuthambi and Riakiania factories. Its membership currently stands at 1000 active farmers. Coffee in this regions grows in red soil above 1400 meters. The area receives moderate bimodal rainfall with temperatures ranging between 13-25 degrees Celsius. The long rains fall between March-May while the short rains come between October and December. /p>

Country of Origin Kenya
Harvest Season 2021/22
Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AA TOP
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34
Region Kirinyaga
Farm Name Mitondo Coffee Factory
Growing Altitude 1400-1600m
Climate 13-25° Celcius
Soil Red Volcanic Soil

History of Coffee in Kenya

It seems likely that coffee grew wild within the region that would become Kenya, buried deep inside impenetrable forests, or perhaps hiding in plain site; but it wasn’t until 1895 that missionaries both protestant and catholic attempted to grow coffee for commercial purposes. The 100 seeds from Reunion Island that would serve as progenitors to the Kenyan coffee industry arrived on a train, carried by priests belonging to an order known as “Holy Ghost Fathers.” On August 12th, 1899, they arrived at the spot that would quickly become the country’s capital city. One of the early protestant medical missionaries was Dr. Henry Scott. After his death in 1911, a new hospital complex was named after Dr. Scott and when the department of agriculture took over the complex in 1923 they kept the name: Scott Agricultural Laboratories, or “Scott Labs.” This is the origin of the “SL” in SL28 and other coffee varieties selected at the lab. 

Growing Coffee in Kenya

Coffee is grown through the highland regions of Kenya, including Kisii, Nyanza, and Bungoma in the west; Nakuru and Kericho in the Great Rift Valley; Machakos, Embu, and Meru to the east of Mt. Kenya; and the Taita hills near the coast. The largest and oldest coffee growing areas are the central highlands, particularly Nyeri, sandwiched between the foothills of Mt Kenya to the east and the Aberdare mountain range to the west. Most coffee in Kenya is grown between 4,500 and 6,500 feet. Nearly all of Kenya’s 700,000 coffee producers are small land holders belonging to cooperatives. Most common varieties in Kenya are Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34, and K7. SL34 and K7 were developed from heirloom bourbon known as “French Mission,” which was the primary variety grown prior to the 1930’s that can still be found today, as can Blue Mountain on some farms. Kenyan coffees are graded by screen size and while there are several grades, specialty coffee is AA, AB, or PB (peaberry), used in combination with quality grade FAQ or FAQ Plus (Fair Average Quality). 

  • Status Spot
  • Region Kirinyaga
  • Farm Name Mitondo Coffee Factory
  • Producer Type Cooperative
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34
  • Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AA TOP
  • Growing Altitude 1400-1600m
  • Country of Origin Kenya
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
  • Climate 13-25° Celcius
  • Soil Red Volcanic Soil
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P609120-8

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