Kenya - Karatina AB
Cooperative: Barichu FCS
Washing Station: Karatina
Farmers: 4034 active members
Cultivar: SL28 - SL34
Altitude: 1700 - 1800 masl
Process: Fully washed with double fermentation
Harvest: November 2020 - January 2021
Cherry Price | FOB Price: No info | 8.22 USD/Kg
Screen | Moisture | Density: 15-16 | 10.1% | 0.706 g/ml
Packaging: 30 Kg + GrainPro
Notes: Raspberry, cinnamon, caramel, chamomile
Ikawa profile: KSC basic profile 50g #2
Karatina is a washing station or factory (as they are commonly called in Kenya), located in the city of the same name in Nyeri, probably the most famous coffee growing county in Kenya. The coffee farms located in this county lies in between the Southern slopes of the beautiful Mt Kenya and the foothills of Aberdare ridge.
The altitude of Karatina ranges between 1700-1800 masl with annual average rainfall more than 953 mm. The rain falls in a bimodal pattern with two distinct wet seasons, thus it enjoys two blooms and two harvests per year. The soils of the region are red volcanic soils which are deep, rich in organic matter.
Karatina along with Karindundu, Gatuiri and Gatomboya factories, are a part of the Barichu FCS, founded in 1996. The annual production of green coffee of the cooperative is 451,531 kg from 538 hectares of cultivated area. There are 4,034 active members working under the cooperative.
The cherries, after being harvested and delivered to the factory, undergoes a fully washed or wet processing method with double fermentation. The water from Ragati river is pumped to reservoir tanks and then used for the pulping and the recirculated. After pulping, the coffee is dry fermented overnight, before it's washed in grading channels, then soaked for 24-48 hours in clean water and finally spread out on raised beds for defect selection and sun drying.
Karatina is a Kikuyu name for a wild tree that produces fruits that are used to make the famous Muratina beer. The members of this tribe use it to this day to commemorate ceremonies and perform rituals.
The green coffee is delivered in transparent and resealable 0.5 kg, 1 kg, 2 kg, and 5 kg protective bags.