Kenya – Karatu AA, Filter
The red volcanic loam on the east side of the great Aberdare Mountains of Kenya is home to the approximately 900 members of the Gitwe Cooperative Society of Farmers. These smallholders, whose average number of trees is 150 per family, deliver their ripe cherries to the Karatu Coffee Factory, a wet mill built in 1965. One of four belonging to the co-op, Karatu helps serve the neighboring villages of Thika, Karatu, Gitwe, Kibiru, and Kigaa. Coffee is not the only crop produced by the farmers – most of them also grow tea, maize, and legumes that later on are sold in the local market. The highlands of Kenya have excellent conditions for agricultural purposes.
The red volcanic soil, well-distributed rainfall, and moderate temperatures are what give Kenyan coffee its unique profile.
Expect notes of Jasmine, Milk Chocolate and Blueberries.