It is no accident when year after year, a coffee factory consistently produces coffee that light up our soul, and momentarily shift our senses. This is the story with our friends at the Karinga Factory, located in the Thika district, just north of the capital of Nairobi. Karinga has built a reputation for their product, that continually falls nothing short of excellent with each vintage. Although we’ve been enamored by the coffee produced at Karinga for a number of years, 2017 marks the 2nd season we’ve had the honor of partnering with Karinga.
There are nearly 1,000 members of the Karinga Factory who farm coffee in tiny plots nearby and deliver their coffee cherries to the centrally located factory. 99% of the coffee grown by the members are SL-28 and SL-34 varieties (with a tiny bit of Ruiru 11) which thrive in the rich, red soils in the area. The cooperative provides training and assistance to their members and has a field committee including an agronomist on staff, who makes regular visits to the farms to assure proper quality standards from start to finish. When the members deliver the coffee, they are paid a base price and, at the end of the season after the coffee is sold, 90% of the profits are evenly returned back to the members.
The factory, where all the processing is done, is situated nearby the farms, sitting at 1900 meters. The air is cooler in the evenings and the sun is plentiful during the day, offering great conditions for fermentation, washing, soaking, and drying the coffee. We are thrilled to be offering this coffee from Karinga again this season! This prominently vibrant, and unforgivingly sweet coffee, lights up any situation, bringing brightness to the mundane, and brings further exploration of color to your everyday surroundings. This is a coffee, each season, you will not want to miss.