Kenya AA Gulmarg Estate Fully Washed

Marzipan, red cherry, blackcurrant, caramel
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2024/25
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Lot Number P8002445-2
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About This Coffee

This fully washed lot is from Gulmarg Estate in Kiambu, Kenya. Gulmarg is a 145ha coffee farm first established by British colonists but is now one of 6 estates owned and operated by Sasini, a publicly listed company with a majority Kenyan ownership. 

Sasini’s estates have long placed an emphasis on equity and community. In the case of the estates’ workers this involves the provision of living quarters, early child education, union membership and guaranteed payment above minimum wage. In collaboration with Olam Specialty and over 30 of our customers, they have also been able to invest further in the local primary school Njenga Karume. This has principally been through the building of a new computer lab to equip students with the IT skillset to maximise their oppotunities in an increasingly digital world. 

Origin Kenya
Subregion Kiambu county
Harvest Season 2024/25
Producer Type Single Estate
Farm Name Gulmarg Estate
Processing Washed
Growing Altitude 1950m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety SL28, SL34
Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AA TOP
Screen Size 18 Up
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Region

Kiambu county is located just outside of Nairobi city. The region has a long history of coffee production and is famous for its large estates, which were originally established by British colonists in the early 20th century.

After decolonisation the estates were sold to local Kenyans who have been managing them since. While estates such as this used to produce the majority of Kenyan coffee, the increased urban sprawl from Nairobi, as well as the increasing land value in the region has meant that estate coffee production has gradually diminished, while smallholder production elsewhere has increased. Nevertheless, estates such as these continue a legacy of many generations of coffee production, supported by unparalleled local knowledge and experience.

Kiambu has all the ingredients for arabica coffee to flourish: it is close to the equator, has iron rich, semi-volcanic soils, abundant sunshine and consistently high altitudes up to 2,000masl. The cool night time temperatures in these fertile highlands allows cherries to mature slowly, developing the acidity and complexity in the final cup.

The Process

This lot employs a traditional Kenyan fully washed process. This processing regimen is seen throughout Kenya's specialty coffee regions and is supported by many generations of shared knowledge and skill.

Selected cherries are pre-graded and then de-pulped. The pulped coffee is then fermented for 12 - 48 hours in water tanks to breakdown the remaining mucilage on the bean. After fermentation the coffee, still in its husk (parchment) is washed in clean water grading channels. This series of declining channels allows the heaviest, densest beans to sink. These are processed separately as they represent the highest quality beans. After washing the parchment is soaked in clean water and then dried in the sun on raised African beds for 2-3 weeks where it is periodically turned and covered to protect against moisture or the heat of the midday sun.

  • Subregion Kiambu county
  • Farm Name Gulmarg Estate
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety SL28, SL34
  • Min Growing Altitude 1950m
  • Screen Size 18 Up
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg £9.45
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AA TOP
  • CTRM Contract Number P8002445-2
  • Origin Kenya
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk