Kenya AB Gura Natural (2021/22)

Guava, cola, caramel, creamy
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P8001751-1
  • 10 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Karuthi wetmill is part of Othaya Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited, one of a few washing stations or “factories” that form the coop group based in the heartland of Kukuyu territory, Nyeri. The mill processes coffee cherries sourced from 378 farmers. The total farmed area is 82.8 acres with individual trees yielding between 5 and 10kg of cherries per season.

Origin Kenya
Subregion Nyeri, Central Highlands
Harvest Season 2022/23
Producer Type Washing Station
Wet Mill Gura
Co-Op Othaya Farmers Co-operative Society
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Variety Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34
Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AB
Screen Size 15/16
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Region

Nyeri County has cool temperatures and fertile central highlands, lying between the Eastern base of the Aberdare (Nyandarua) Range, which forms part of the Eastern end of the Great Rift Valley, and the Western slopes of Mt. Kenya. Nyeri town (county headquarters) acts as a destination for those visiting Aberdare National Park and Mt. Kenya.

The combination of fertile soil, seasonal rainfall and high altitude provide the ideal climate for coffees characterised by high acidity, full body and ripe fruit flavours. Due to the cool temperatures at altitude, particularly at night time, coffees from Nyeri tend develop and mature slowly producing very dense, hard beans high in acidity and complexity.

The Process

This lot is naturally processed on raised African beds. Ripe cherries are floated to separate by density and then dried slowly in the sun on raised beds. The cherries are carefully turned throughout to ensure consistent drying and avoid over-fermentation or mould formation. 

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. 

  • Subregion Nyeri, Central Highlands
  • Producer Type Washing Station
  • Wet Mill Gura
  • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Variety Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34
  • Min Growing Altitude 1750m
  • Max Growing Altitude 2000m
  • Screen Size 15/16
  • Co-Op Othaya Farmers Co-operative Society
  • On Sale Yes
  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg £9.50
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AB
  • CTRM Contract Number P8001751-1
  • Origin Kenya
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk