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      About Kenya AB Rita

      Arrived end of January 2023 in GrainPro, new "fly" crop coffee.  This is the smaller mid-season harvest.  Kenya has two crop seasons, the main one of which is much larger.  This coffee is an excellent value.

      This is a coffee picked from several small family farms throughout the Karatina region.  Selectively hand picked cherries and delivered to the wet mill on the same day as they are picked. Further sorting is done at the mill prior to the pulping process. Only red ripe cherries are selected and processing uses clean river water that is recirculated before disposal into seepage pits. Sun drying is accomplished on raised tables before delivery to the dry mill for final processing.   

      Mugaga F.C.S is a factory comprising Kagumoini, Kieni, Gathugu, Kiambara, and Gatina. F.C.S has approx. 4900 members with approx. 1500 hectare under coffee.  The FCS produces approx. 1500 MT of cherries annually. 

      Coffee production in Kenya has been steadily increasing since its start, producing 50,000 tons annually and employing over 250,000 Kenyans. The volcanic soils give the coffee a unique terroir that is high in acidity and reminiscent of some dry red wines. A government run system offers rewards to farmers for quality improvements which has led to exponentially better coffee. 

      • Country: Kenya
      • Farm: Farmers delivering to Mugaga Factory
      • Producer: Mugaga 
      • Region: Karatina
      • Municipality: Nyeri 
      • Altitude: 1,000 to 1,300 meters
      • Varietal: SL28, SL34 and some Ruiru 11
      • Process: Fully Washed
      • Harvest Season: Central Kenya: May - July (early crop) | October - December (late crop)

      Cup Characteristics: Aromas of cedar and fresh baked bread. Flavors of black tea, sweet and sugary. Bright and juicy.

      Roasting Notes: Beans are hard and dense and can be roasted to a variety of darkness levels. Most floral and delicate notes will be presented at City+ to FC range. The delicate nuances of this coffee will present themselves at lightly roasted levels but be sure to have a full first crack. Some may prefer to finish the roast at the first sound of second crack. Behmor users try P1 or P3, or, switch to manual and increase drum speed in the latter part of the roast.