Kenya Nyeri Karogoto
The coffees from Karogoto are always super clean, floral and have an intense black currant flavour. This is because most of the members / farmers are still growing the SL28 variety and have received a lot of agricultural training over the years. The climatic conditions also contributes to the coffees’ intensity with very cool nights and moderately hot days that slow down the ripening process and gives a very unique coffee.
Karogoto is situated near Karatina town in Nyeri and is the biggest wet mill in the Tekangu cooperative society with over 1700 members. All the members are smallholder farmers which sell their coffee cherries to the Karogoto factory (or wet mill as we normally call it.) Some of the members have become quite famous in Nyeri for their extremely productive coffee farms.
One of them, Mr. Elmud, a senior member and farmer has had a production of 35-40 kilos of coffee cherries per tree. This is a huge amount compared to for example Ethiopia where the average yield per tree is about 1,2 kg. Although Elmud does not have a lot of coffee trees in his “shamba” or small farm, the productivity and quality is very high due to the fact that he has recieved training from agronomists that is organized by the cooperative. And because of this he is able to make a decent living out of growing coffee. After the cherries are delivered to the wet mill, Mr. Ephraim who is the factory manager is in charge of processing and drying the coffee.
Ephraim is very passionate about his job and is also a farmer and member of Tekangu. He does everything he can in order to make the coffee taste as good as possible. We have been buying coffee from this cooperative for many years as it has consistently delivered one of the best coffees in Nyeri year after year. Since it is hard to work directly with the thousands of smallholder farmers that are members in the cooperative we decided to try a different approach in order to help improve the quality of the coffee from Karogoto.
1,800 M ASL
Blackcurrant, Syrupy, Grapefruit, Winey