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Kenya l Kiambu County l Ruiru l Mchana AB

Farm: Mchana Estate

Varietal: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 & K7

Processing: Fully washed & dried on African beds

Altitude: 1,600 to 1,766 metres above sea level

Region: Kiambu County

Town / City: Ruiru

 

Cupping Notes

Overall: Currant, slight savory, blood orange, hint of sweet figs

 

Notes on Espresso (amazing on Espresso)

Overall: Tropical fruit, ripe orange, sweet notes.

 

Today's Mchana Estate is 906 hectare with 458 hectare under coffee - almost the same original amount of hectare used to grow coffee as in 1950, making it one of Kenya’s largest. However, throughout the latter part of the 20th and early part of the 21st centuries, areas of the farm went into disrepair and some plots became semi-abandoned. Irrigation was installed on Mchana Estate in the sixties, and this kept production viable, but productivity per tree dropped, and the farm struggled to produce the optimal quality for which it had previously been known.

The potential for high quality, however, was there and was part of the heritage of the farm. 2/3 of the trees still bearing at Mchana were planted before Socfinaf's acquisition, and they are mostly SL28. Small subsections of the farm have been planted under Ruiru 11 and K7 , but the majority of cultivars are the ‘traditional’ SL28 & SL34, known for their great cup profile. Indeed, all the potential for exceptional quality has been there from nearly the beginning – it just needed a helping hand.

This coffee has a multi layered flavor, suitable for filter/ pour over and espresso.