Kenya AA Top - Giakanja
|Bag Weight||60 KG BAG|
About This Coffee
This fully washed, AA grade coffee from Giakanja Farmers’ Cooperative Society (FCS) is grown at 1,750 meters above sea level on farms that lie between the southern slopes of the picturesque Mt.Kenya and the foothills of the Aberdare mountain range. Farmers delivering to Giakanja are smallholders, harvesting from an average of 250 to 350 trees of the SL28, SL34, Batian and Ruiru 11 varieties.
Kenyan coffees are graded by size. AA grade coffees are the largest and historically the most highly valued, consisting of 17/18 screen sizes and up.
|Country of Origin||Kenya|
|Producer Type||Washing Station|
|Farm Name||Various smallholders|
|Wet Mill||Giakanja Washing Station|
|Bag Weight||60 KG BAG|
|Variety||Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34|
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 Giakanja Washing Station
- Processing Washed
- Bag Type Barrels
- Plant Species Arabica
- Variety Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34
- Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AA
- Min Growing Altitude 1750m
- Country of Origin Kenya
- Warehouse The Annex
- On Sale No
- Top Lot Yes
- CTRM Contract Number P610519-1