Kenya - Karogoto - SL28 & SL34 - Fully Washed
In the cup: A gorgeous balance of sweetness and fruit driven acidity. Lots of clarity in the cup with floral notes and the blackcurrant that is typical of the SL28 variety from Kenya. Notes of pink grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical fruits.
Cupping Score: 90
Mouthfeel: Silken, tea-like
Variety: Mainly SL28 and SL34
Process: Fully Washed
Washing Station: Karogoto
Producer: Tekangu Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society
Altitude: 1700+ metres above sea level
Nearest town: Karatina
Owners: Tekangu Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society
Contributing farmers: 1,700+
Altitude: 1,700 m.a.s.l.
Varietal: SL28 & SL34
Processing method: Washed
Average rainfall: 1,500 mm
Temperature range: 12–27°C
Soil type: Well-drained red volcanic soil rich in phosphorus
Quite close to Kieni near the town of Karatina, Nyeri, is the Karogoto wet mill. It's owned by the Tekangu Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society, which got its name from combining the names of their three mills: Tegu, Karogoto and Ngunguru. Much like Kieni, it has seen success in recent years and has secured high prices for farmers delivering their coffee cherries there.
The mill is split in half by a road, with the sorting shed and fermentation tanks on the lower side and the drying beds on the upper slope of the hill. Both sides are pretty steep, with a great view of the valley and weaver birds making their homes in the trees around the mill.