Kenya

Handege

Released July 3, 2019

Tasting notes

Yellow peach, berries, port
Medium bodied with bright acidity

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Handege is a relatively small factory in the Kiambu region, with an annual production of about 150 metric tons. The name comes from the Swahili word Ndege, which means aeroplane.

At the factory cherries are pulped, fermented and washed, before being sun-dried on raised African drying tables. The dry parchment is then taken to a dry mill for hulling and grading after which it is taken to a secure warehouse prior to Auction.

The Handege Coffee Mill or ‘factory’, is part of a larger producer cooperative known as Ritho Society.

Founded in 1972, Ritho works with coffee factories throughout Kiambu county, and also works with Wamaguma factory.

The soil around the Kiambu region are rich with red volcanic rock, black cotton and patches of loam – perfect for coffee production. Annual rainfall of around 100cm each year ensures the soil is well saturated.

Similarly to other factories and estates in the same area, there is a wide range of native shade trees and the area hosts all sorts of wild animals such as antelopes, hyenas, porcupines, squirrels, anteaters, monkeys and many others.

Country

Kenya

Region

Kiambu County

Altitude

1600-1800m above sea level

Varietals

SL28, Ruiru 11

Process

Washed

Producer

Handege Coffee Factory

Harvested

December 2018

Map showing location of Kenya Handege


What makes up Kenya Handege?

Varietals

Ruiru 11 varietal

Released in 1985, Ruiru 11 is a disease resistant varietal developed in Kenya

SL28 varietal

SL28 was developed in 1931 by Scott Laboratories to suit the growing conditions in Kenya. The varietal is known for its exceptional cup quality

The location

Coffee from Kenya

Alongside Ethiopia and Colombia, Kenya is one of the origins we get most excited about at the roastery. It exports some of the most vibrant, bright, and unique coffees in the world.

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

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