|Kenya Thika District Karatu AB
• Mon Cheri (bonbons)
• Juniper (Jeneverbes)
• Herbs like Laurel
Is this our best Kenyan coffee (out of 7) of the year? Very spectacular it is!
Karatu is a factory / secondary cooperative of the Gitwe Farmers’ Cooperative Society Ltd which can be found in the Thika district of Central Province near Gatundu town. It is comprised of around 800 active members. The region has red volcanic loam soils and the cooperative can be found at an altitude of 1883m. SL28 and 34 are grown under shade of Gravellea, Macadamia and Eucalyptus. Smallholders also grow tea, maize, beans, bananas and vegetables. The area receives around 1500mm in rainfall each year and has inputted waste water soak pits to allow water used in the washing process to soak back into the ground. We have selected a micro-lot of AB grade.
The best coffees in Kenya are produced by the cooperatives of which there are around 300 comprised of between half a million to 600,000 smallholder members. About 60% of Kenya’s coffee is produced on cooperatives with estates and plantations making up the balance. Typically a smallholding or ‘shamba’ is comprised of shade-grown coffee, a house, the family cow and a good variety of vegetables and fruit for the use of the family. The coffee is handpicked and delivered to the cooperative ‘factory’ where it is pulped, washed and sundried on African drying tables. Parchment coffee is then delivered to a private mill where it will be prepared for export before being sold via the country’s auction system.