Kenya AA Top - Muwa Estate

Bright, cherry pie, pink grapefruit, good body & sweetness
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Bag Weight 30 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
Status Spot
Lot Number P609120-10
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About This Coffee

As the southwestern slopes of Mt. Kenya ease, their gentle decent is interrupted by a hill the Kikuyu people called Kia-Nyiri, which British colonists shorten to Nyeri by way of naming an outpost that was established on the spot, a natural crossroad for travel and trade in the early days of the 20th century. The commercial cultivation of coffee, new to Kenya, helped grow the outpost into a town. Since 1999, nearby Muwa Estate has been processing its own coffee and that of other smallholders in a factory on the outskirts of Nyeri. Most of the farmers in the region grow SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 and some Baitan in the red volcanic soil under the shade of macadamia and gravellea trees alongside tea, banana, and corn.

Country of Origin Kenya
Harvest Season 2021/22
Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AA TOP
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed

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).

  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
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  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AA TOP
  • CTRM Contract Number P609120-10
  • Country of Origin Kenya
  • Warehouse Continental NJ