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Thaita AA

Within the Kirinyaga County along the slopes of Mt. Kenya is the Thaita Factory, or wet mill. The Kirinyaga County was named after Mt. Kenya, translating to mean ‘crest of whiteness,’ referring to the towering snow-capped peak overlooking the Factory. 800 smallholders in this region contribute coffee cherries to this mill and belong to the Inoi Cooperative Society.
Situated at 1,750 meters above sea level, this region is defined by its bright red soils, full of rich nutrients for coffee trees. The high altitude allows for ideal temperatures and rainfall for the slow maturation of coffee cherries. Smallholders in this region grow coffee on small plots of land and pick the cherries during harvest to deliver to the mill. There are two harvests in the Kirinyaga County, one occurring from October – December and an additional fly crop from April – July.

  • Farm Thaita Factory
  • Varietal Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 1,750 meters above sea level
  • Region Kirinyaga County
  • Owner 800 smallholder producers
  • Tasting Notes Buttery, jammy, sweet
  • Farm Size Less than 1 hectare on average
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The coffee trees are carefully monitored and picking ensues only when the cherry is at the ideal level of ripeness. Picking occurs in the morning and buckets of bright red coffee cherries are carried to the mill. As the sun traverses across the sky into the afternoon, the cherries are piled high as underripe cherries and foreign objects are removed from the gleaming pile. The cherries are then poured into a hopper located just above the pulping station.

About Kenya

Despite its proximity to the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia, coffee growing was introduced in Kenya relatively late – by Scottish missionaries, initially, and then commercially around 1900. Despite the late start, today, it is a country renowned for having some of the best coffees in the world. Nonetheless, Kenya’s coffee sector faces challenges for the future, and low global prices combined with climate change and population growth have diminished the country’s output over the last decade.