Kenya AB Top - Wachuri

Pomelo, apricot, grape, lemon
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
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Lot Number P610510-8
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About This Coffee

Wachuri Factory was started in 1967 under Tetu coffee growers cooperative society. It became a society and a single factory in the year 2000 after the split of Tetu cooperative. The 937 active members of the Wachuri Farmers’ Cooperative Society farm their coffee on an average of just under 0.24 acres. Nyeri County has cool temperatures and fertile central highlands, lying between the Eastern base of the Aberdare Range, which forms part of the Eastern end of the Great Rift Valley, and the Western slopes of Mt. Kenya.

Country of Origin Kenya
Region Nyeri
Producer Type Washing Station
Farm Name Various smallholders
Wet Mill Wachuri Factory
Co-Op Wachuri Farmers’ Cooperative Society Ltd
Processing Washed
Processing Description Sun-dried on raised beds
Growing Altitude 1700m
Harvest Season 2022/23
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28
Soil Red volcanic

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).

  • Status Spot
  • Region Nyeri
  • Farm Name Various smallholders
  • Producer Type Washing Station
  • Wet Mill Wachuri Factory
  • Processing Washed
  • Processing Description Sun-dried on raised beds
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28
  • Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AB
  • Min Growing Altitude 1700m
  • Country of Origin Kenya
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
  • Co-Op Wachuri Farmers’ Cooperative Society Ltd
  • Soil Red volcanic
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P610510-8

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