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We find flavours of yellow peach, berries, port

Body     Acidity
Roasted omni for filter and espresso

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.


All the images and information about this coffee and its producers have been kindly shared by the importer, Condesa, and edited by us, Sample Coffee (unless linked to or credited otherwise).

Resting beans inside the sealed bag helps develop peak flavours and acidity

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To brew on espresso, we recommend using 20g of beans (dose) to get 60g of espresso out (yield), during 24-28 seconds.

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To brew in infusion/fed brewers (V60, Chemex) use a ratio of 1:16.7 ratio of beans:water.

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To brew in immersion brewers (plunger, AeroPress, Kalita, batch brewer) we recommend using a 1:14.3 ratio of beans:water

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To brew as cold brew we recommend using a 1:12 ratio of beans:water

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Handege Coffee Factory




Kiambu County


1600-1800m above sea level


SL28, Ruiru 11




December 2018





Tasting notes

Yellow peach, berries, port

Roast style


Map showing location of Kenya Handege


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.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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