Provence: Central Provence
District: Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Nyeri County
Altitude: 1900 masl
Variety: SL34 and SL28
Temperature: 13-24 Celsius
Harvest: November- February
Producer: Othaya Farmers’ Coop
In the cup: Blackcurrant, grape, red apples, red berries & hints of citrus.
This delicious classic Kenyan coffee is produced by the Othaya Farmers’ Cooperative Society.The Cooperative has its own dry mill located in Gatuyaini. This is where all the coffee processed in the various wet mills is taken for further processing. After milling is done, the coffee is packed in export bags. The Society has a cupping laboratory where quality analysis is done by a qualified cupper before the coffee is taken to the warehouse ready for marketing, and a producer membership of around 550 farmers (430 men and 120 women).
Most of the coffees from Nyeri develop and mature slowly, producing extra-hard beans. The region is traditionally known as the heart of Kenya, with cool temperatures and red volcanic soils rich in phosphorus. The fertile central highlands lie between the Eastern base of the Aberdare (Nyandarua) Range, which forms part of the Eastern end of the Great Rift Valley, and the Western slopes of Mt. Kenya. Nyeri town (county headquarters) acts as a destination for those visiting Aberdare National Park and Mt. Kenya’s black gold coffee. Kiaga wet mill is located between the Rutene & Ruarai rivers, on the road leading to Chinga Tea Factory, east of the Aberdare Ranges.