Espresso Single Origin: Kabunyeria


Country Of Origin: Kenya
Region: Nandi Hills, Nandi
Process: Washed

Varietal: SL-28, Sl-34, Batian, Ruiru 11
Altitude: 2000
Flavour Note: Grapefruit, Black currant, Lemonade

The Kabunyeria Factory is located in the limit between the Kericho and Nandi Hills counties. It is the only member of the Kabunyeria Farmers Cooperative Society. The Coop has 324 active members, an annual production of 41,311 kgs, and an estimated of 50 hectares planted. 

The Kericho and Nandi Hills are new but very promising coffee growing zones in Kenya. The average altitude in this area is well over 2,000 masl and the varieties cultivated here are mostly Ruiru11 and Batian.

Kericho is a small town brought to life by the Kenyan tea industry. The lush green carpet of tea bushes that cover these high cool hills are quite literally fields of gold. This region produces one of the world’s finest quality teas. 

Kenya’s Western Highlands is also the home to some of the world’s finest sportsmen. The secret of this success lies in the high altitude and rarefied air, which are ideal training conditions for runners. Two local schools, St. Patrick’s at Iten and Sing’ore Girls near Eldoret have produced most of Kenya’s Olympic Superstars. Altitude training can assist with the development of both endurance levels and technique.

Kabunyeria Farmers Cooperative Society operates its own factory, where 324 smallholder farmers deliver their cherry. These farmers own a collective 50 hectares of coffee farmland.

Coffee in Kenya is typically traceable down to the factory, or mill level: Most farmers own between 1/8 to 1/4 of a hectare, and often grow crops other than coffee as well, which means they rely on a central processing unit for sale and processing of their coffee. Producers deliver in cherry form to a factory, where the cooperative will sort, weigh, and issue payment for the delivery. The coffee is then blended with the rest of the day's deliveries and goes on to be processed. Because of this system, which serves many hundreds to several thoughts of smallholder farmers per factory, there is limited traceability down to the individual producers whose coffee comprises the lots.

Located in the Kericho Nandi hills the kabunyeria factory receives coffee from 324 different smallholder farms. At an average of over 2000 masl, this relatively new coffee-growing region is primed to produce exceptional coffee after decades of producing predominantly tea. Because of the high altitude (The high altitude helps with endurance and technique), this area is also known for producing exceptional sports stars, two local schools in particular in the area have actually produced most of Kenya's Olympic superstars. So from a region of superstar athletes, we would like to share with you what we think is a superstar coffee from Nandi. Enjoy.

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