Variety: SL 28, SL 34, Batian, Ruiru 11
Altitude: 1700-1900 MASL
Processing: Washed Process
Tasting Notes: Blackberry, Amaretto, Guava
This coffee was produced from trees of the admired heirloom SL28 and SL34 varieties of Arabica, as well as the hybrid Ruiru 11, and processed at the Karani wet mill. Despite challenges ranging from unclear government coffee policy and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands to chronically unstable weather, the famed Kenya coffee auction system and its participating cooperatives continue to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. AA is the highest grade of Kenya coffee based on bean size and fewest physical imperfections.
The Region: Karani is a Kikuyu name of a person who was the owner of the farm where the factory was built. The area was very fertile for agricultural production, and therefore was very viable for the factory, which was constructed and opened for processing in 1998. Mt Kenya’s famous snow-capped peaks and sprinkler irrigation system taking place across the Ragati River, on the famous Kibirigwi Irrigation Scheme, all give the area a beautiful scenery.