Karani AB, Kenya
Roast Level: Light
Varietal: SL34 & SL28
Roaster's Notes: It’s always an exciting moment when Kenyan coffee lands, and this lot is an exceptional example of that. Delicate jasmine notes fill the cup, with a cane sugar sweetness and coconut water body.
Producer: 600 smallholder farmers
Region: Gichugu Division
Altitude: 1,550 - 1,600 metres
The Karani Factory is situated within the Kabare location of the Gichungu Division of the Kirinyaga County. Situated at the foothills of Mt. Kenya, Kirinyaga County is roughly 112 km from Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, bordering Embu County to the East, Machakos to the South, Murang’a to the Southwest, and Nyeri to the West.
The locals in this area call Mt. Kenya Kirinyaga, the namesake of the county, meaning the crest of whiteness due to the famous snow-capped peaks. The Karani Factory is associated with the Kabare Farmers’ Cooperative Society comprising nine other factories within the area. Mills in Kenya are known as factories. The Karani Factory was built in 1998 when it also opened its doors for processing. Collectively, the 600 members of the Factory grow coffee on 134,000 trees, producing around 455 MT of cherries each year.