Kenya Kirinyaga Peaberry Washed - Kaguyu Factory *TOP LOT*

Sparkling acidity, cherry, limeade, tangerine, balanced
Lot # P608097-4
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The Annex
4 bags
Kenya Kirinyaga Peaberry Washed - Kaguyu Factory *TOP LOT* is available to buy in increments of 1

About this Coffee 

This coffee is from Kaguyu Factory, located near Kerugoya town in the Ndia division of Kirinyaga county in Kenya. The factory services around 850 members, growing an average of 200 trees on each farm. This region has red volcanic soil, and grows many other crops alongside coffee. Coffee crops are picked ripe and brought to the factory for depulping, washing, and soaking; farmers receive anual training from the factory manager, and there are days hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and agrochemical companies to teach farmers. The factory’s water comes from the Rutui river, and there are soaking pits for recycling the water. 

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). 

More Information
Harvest Season 2020/21
Status Spot
Subregion Kirinyaga
Farm Name Kaguyu Factory
Producer Type Single Estate
Processing Washed
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Warehouse The Annex
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