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Producing Region

Mt. Kenya, the Aberdare Range, Kisii, Nyanza, Bungoma, Nakuru and Kericho

Harvest

October - March

For a country that produces less than 1% of the world’s coffee, the respect and recognition of Kenyan coffee goes way beyond its production statistics. The Kenyan Coffee Directorate estimates that around 55% of its production comes from small holder growers, the remainder from medium and large estates.

It’s an industry with a thriving cooperative system of production, processing, milling, and auction system. Estimations are that the country has 150,000 coffee farmers in Kenya with about six million Kenyans were employed directly or indirectly in the coffee industry.

Since the first Arabica plants were introduced in 1893, the acidic soil, sunlight and rainfall has proved ideal for coffee. The industry has withstood political, economic and environmental changes over the years but has proved its resilience through hybrid developments and quality control. The biggest contributor has been the growing network of washing stations; mills where growers bring their coffee cherries to be hulled and washed. These can be individually or owned or managed by co-operatives. Quite often coffee will be named after the washing station such as Ntongoro, Kerumbe or Nainyoire.

Through our sister company in Nairobi who source specifically for us, a relationship that goes back over 20 years. Our Lena coffees are an example of the ideal Kenyan; lovely bright acidity, citrus like fruitiness that enhances a blend or is a delight as a single origin.

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Origin Profile

Capital Nairobi
Area 160,000 hectares
Population 44.35 million
Language There are a total of 68 languages spoken in Kenya. The two official languages are English and Swahili.
Currency Kenya Shilling
Annual Production 54,000 tonnes
Coffee Producing Area Central (65%), Eastern (20%), Western (10%), Rift Valley (5%)
Producing Regions Mt. Kenya, the Aberdare Range, Kisii, Nyanza, Bungoma, Nakuru and Kericho
Coffee Varietals Bourbon, Kents, SL28, SL34, Ruiru, (R11) Batian
Terrain Highland plateaus, coastal plains and semi desert plateaus
Altitude 1,400m - 2,000m
Soil Volcanic [still undergoing laterisation]
Processing Fully Washed

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