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Kenya AB Top - Katarina

Red fruits, good sweetness, lime, cherry candy
$6.65 / lb $439.82 / bag
TOP LOT
Bag Weight 30 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
Apr 2022
SKU P609120-2
  • 40 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Karatina Factory is part of Barichu Cooperative Society with over 1,400 small coffee farmers located in Barichu region, Mathira division near Karatina town in the Nyeri County, the southern slopes of Mt. Kenya The cherries are fully washed with fresh river water from Ragati River and sundried on raised beds. Coffee grows in red-volcanic soil that receives annual rainfall of 11,00mm at 1,65p meters. From funds set aside from the previous year’s harvest, members of the cooperative can access financing for school fees, access to farm inputs and funds for emergency needs. 

Country of Origin Kenya
Harvest Season 2021/22
Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AB TOP
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28
Region Nyeri
Farm Name Katarina Coffee Factory
Growing Altitude 1600-1800m
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 Nyeri
  • Farm Name Katarina Coffee Factory
  • Producer Type Cooperative
  • Processing Washed
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28
  • Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AB TOP
  • Growing Altitude 1600-1800m
  • Country of Origin Kenya
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
  • Soil Red Volcanic Soil
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P609120-2

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