Producer: Dr. Brian Gakunga
Varietal: SL 28 , SL 34, Ruiru 11, Batian
Process: Washed, dried on raised beds
Elevation: 1550 - 1650 m
Harvest Date: Oct. - Dec
Blackcurrant y'all, sweet sweet blackcurrant! Along with all that amazing Blackcurrant flavor you’ll find tropical fruit flavors such as passion fruit along with a deep brown sugar sweetness and a heavy body.
Kiriga Estate sits right around 1,575 metres above sea level and approximately five kilometres from Thika town, in the central province of Kenya and is at the foot of the Aberdare Range which is the source of many rivers including River Chania which cuts across the 54 ha farm. Though owned and operated by a Kenyian man named Dr. Brian Gakunga, It was first planted by British colonial settlers in 1954. In 1976 Dr. Brian Gakunga’s grandfather purchased the estate and it has been a family owned and operated operation ever since.
The estate is planted primarily with the famous SL-28 variety with 2 ha being planted with the leaf rust resistant Ruru 11 along with a smaller area planted with K7 and Batian. Only ripe cherries are picked, before being disc pulped, fermented, washed and carefully dried on raised african beds.The estate operates on a factory level, meaning it manages its own nursery, does its own wet milling and drying of the parchment coffee before it is sent to a commercial dry mill for milling and grading, in preparation for sale at coffee auctions and or direct sale.
Kiriga Estate employees over 180 people during its busiest times and 30 percent of those are full time residents on the property. The remaining folks commute daily up to 10 km, passing other estates along the way, to work at Kiriga. Dr. Gakunga and his family have set up the Kiriga Welfare Fund which helps workers and their families obtain loans for emergencies and unexpected expenses. This type of financial assistance was previously unavailable or very difficult to obtain. Dr. Gakunga is also working with local banks to establish a program to allow workers to acquire dairy animals and allow payback through the proceeds of the dairy sales. If this program goes through it will drastically improve the lives of the families that work for Kiriga Estate.
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