Kenya washed Arabica AA Top Ragati

Schwimmend (voraussichtliche Ankunft: 06.07.2024)
Verfügbare Menge: 12 GrainPro Sack à 60kg
SKU
103306.5-1693
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Unit of Measure GrainPro Sack à 60kg
Status Afloat
Warehouse On Ship
Bag Type Grain Pro
ETA 06.07.2024
Crop 23/24
Charge 103306.5
Variety SL 34 ,SL 28, Ruiru 11
Region Kirinyaga
Process Washed
Grade AA Top
Producer Ragati Factory, member of Kibirigwi Farmers Cooperative Society

Kenya is renowned for cultivating some of the most intense coffees globally. Some people believe this is drawn from the red volcanic soils surrounding Mount Kenya. But variety, micro-climate, altitude, and the adequate balance of rain and sunshine play an essential role in the definition of this high-quality coffee.

 

The total area under coffee cultivation in Kenya is estimated at 160,000 hectares. The majority is produced in Central Kenya, an area renowned for the exceptional quality and complexity of its coffee. This coffee comes from this area, specifically from the Kirinyaga County, located at the foothills of Mt. Kenya, the second-highest peak in Africa. The County was named after the mountain, locally known as “Kirinyaga”, which means the crest of whiteness.

The Kirinyaga County is home to the Ragati Factory, part of the Kibirigwi Farmers Cooperative Society. It was opened for processing in 1953 together with the society and now has around 900 members. Collectively, the farmers have around 183,000 coffee trees of the varieties Ruiru 11, SL34, and SL28.

During harvest season, which happens between October and December, ripe cherry is meticulously hand-picked into buckets and then carried to the wet-mill. After being sorted and cleaned, the cherries are de-pulped and sorted again by density in water channels. After fermentation, the beans are washed with fresh water from the Ragati River and finally sun-dried on raised tables until reaching 10-12% moisture levels.

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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