Kenya Nyeri Hill AB
In the cup, our Nyeri Hill is sweeter and more subtle than new crop Kenyas we’ve offered in the past. Initial notes of brown sugar and toffee are overtaken by a full measure of juicy grape flavor as you savor the coffee, with a hint of tomato vine on top. The body is exceptionally dense for an East African. The acidity, though tart, is super clean and balanced, accenting the finish with a light dryness under the milk chocolate aftertaste.
The Story: Nyeri Hill Farm in the Nyeri District is owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri, an orginazation that honors sustainability and opportunity. Through the farm's income, they are the county's biggest employer and have established various health and educational institutions.
Nyeri Hill farm is situated in the Nyeri District approximately 300 km north of the capital Nairobi, perched at an average altitude of 6,500 above sea level. This exceptionally large farm owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri is among the earliest coffee plantations established in Eastern Africa with its first planting in 1914. Income from coffee over the last century has made possible the establishment and maintenance of about 15 institutions which specialize in academic development (Nyeri High School which is one of the best in Kenya), social amenities (Mathari Mission Hospital) and professional growth (Kamwenja Teachers College).
Sustainability measures taken on the farm include shade tree planting and reforestation, recycling of coffee by-products (pulp) into the fields, use of natural predators in place of pesticides, the introduction passive soil erosion inhibitors and adherence to the Kenya Coffee Growers Employees Association code of conduct relating to workers' welfare.
Farm: Nyeri Hill Estate
Region: Nyeri County, Central Kenya
Elevation: 5,000-7,000 feet