KARATINA [peaberry] filter roast

Roasted on 17 JUN 2024

About the farmer(s)

Karatina — Kenya

The Karatina Coffee Factory is one of four factories owned by members of the Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society. Karatina processes the coffee of 1450 co-op members. The factory is just outside Karatina town in Nyeri County, which includes the southern part of Mt. Kenya. Co-op members grow coffee on small plots of land. The average farm has around 300 trees.
At harvest, coffee cherries are hand-picked & then taken to the factory the same day. There they are sorted for any over or under-ripe cherries or foreign material which is removed. The cherries are then de-pulped & left to dry ferment overnight. The next day the coffee beans are washed, soaked, and then spread out to dry on raised beds for 7-15 days.

Vive L'Afrique

  • region Nyeri County
  • farm/farmer Small-holder
  • altitude 1650 meters
  • crop 2023
  • cultivar SL28, Ruiru 11, Batian
  • process Washed

SL28 was bred by Scott Laboratories in 1931 using various coffees from Ethiopia, Sudan & Yemen. Ruiru 11 was developed at the Coffee Research Station in 1985, the aim was to be resistant to coffee leaf rust & coffee berry disease. Batian was developed at the Coffee Research Station for disease resistance & released in 2010.