Kenya washed Arabica AA Plus Kijani Kiboko

Schwimmend (voraussichtliche Ankunft: 06.07.2024)
Verfügbare Menge: 25 Sack à 60kg
SKU
103306.2-614
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Unit of Measure Sack à 60kg
Status Afloat
Warehouse On Ship
ETA 06.07.2024
Crop 23/24
Charge 103306.2
Variety SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11
Region Nyeri & Tharaka Nithi
Process Washed
Grade AA Plus
Producer Kahuro, Kiuu, and Kathinthiuku Factories
Brand Kijani Kiboko

The total area under coffee cultivation in Kenya is estimated at 160,000 hectares. Plantations make up about one-third of the area. However, the most significant part of the land is used by smallholder farmers. They are usually members of cooperatives. Commonly, the coffee is being sold via weekly auctions during the harvesting season.

The pricing between buyer and seller is defined by the cup quality and grading defined by the bean size. AA, the largest, are those that have a 17/18.5 screen size. The add-on „Top“ or „Plus“ refers to the cup profile, which is especially fine and complex. Central Kenya produces most of the country´s coffee offering excellent conditions to grow high quality beans. The combination of red volcanic soil, high altitudes, and the ideal climate have a decisive impact on the development of the aroma and flavors that characterize this coffee.

Kijani Kiboko, an L+B special brand, is a worthy example. Its name comes from the Swahili words 'Kijani' meaning Green and 'Kiboko' meaning Hippopotamus. It is composed of carefully selected lots of SL-34, SL-28, Ruiru 11, Batian, and K7 varieties grown in the rich volcanic soils of Kirinyaga and Kiambu.

When the cherries are red and ripe, they are hand-picked into buckets early in the morning and taken to the mill. The cherries are then meticulously sorted and properly de-pulped. Following fermentation, the coffee is washed with clean water and dried under the African sun on raised beds until reaching the optimum rate of moisture, approximately 12%. This happens twice a year, with the main crop being between October and December and the early crop (with minimal quantities) between April and July.

The equator passes directly through this East African gem. Despite its tropical climate, Kenya experiences some nice cool-offs through the Indian Ocean and Lake Victoria. Flat savannahs home to an abundance of wildlife rise to central highlands, peaked by Mount Kenya at 5,199 m. It is here, where lush slopes are turned into fertile farmlands, creating ideal conditions for cofThe equator runs right through this pearl of East Africa. Despite its tropical climate, Kenya is cooled by the Indian Ocean and Lake Victoria. From the flat savannahs with their diverse flora and fauna rise the highlands, whose highest peak is Mount Kenya at 5,199 meters. Here, where the lush slopes give way to fertile farmland, the coffee plant thrives.

The combination of red volcanic soil, high altitudes, and an ideal climate have a decisive impact on the fruity, nearly juicy aromas characterizing these coffees. Due to its geographical location on the equator, there is only little distinction between the different seasons in Kenya.

As opposed to its neighbor Ethiopia, coffee cultivation is relatively new to the county and only started in the early 1900s. Today, agriculture is the major contributor to Kenya's GDP, among which coffee ranks third behind tea and horticultural produce. The total area under coffee cultivation in Kenya is estimated at 160,000 hectares.

Plantations make up about one-third of the area. However, the largest part of the land is used by smallholder farmers who assign themselves to cooperatives. Coffee is mostly sold via auctions that take place weekly during harvesting season. Pricing between buyer and seller is defined by cup quality and grading, depending on the bean size. Coffee beans screened above 17/18 are named "AA" and are the biggest of their kind. The added "Top" or "Plus" refers to the cup profile.

 

CONTINENTAfrica
COFFEE REGIONSMt. Kenya, Murang'a, Meru, Kiambu
COFFEE ALTITUDES1,200 – 2,300 masl.
VARIETIESSL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11, Batian
HARVEST PERIODOct – Feb (Main Crop), Jun – Aug (Fly Crop)
COFFEE FARMSSmallholders and plantations
AVERAGE FARM SIZE0.5 – 5.5 ha
YEARLY PRODUCTION (IN 60KG BAGS)844,000 
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