Kenya / Yara Estate - AA
This coffee comes to us from the Yara Estate situated along the Aberdare mountain range in the Kiambu District just 23 km north of Nairobi.
Yara’s agricultural history, like many other coffee producing regions, is informed by its colonial history. Yara was established in 1902 by Edward, a British settler, for farming and cattle rearing. Coffee was first planted there in 1930, where the farm was then run by settlers of different families for over 40 years. In 1971, the Gatatha Farmers Co. Ltd was formed by local residents to pursue and advocate for agricultural interests in the area, who eventually took over the estate. Yara is now 640 acres and presently run as a co-op.
Beyond a coffee estate, Yara is a well developed agricultural farm located in an ecologically diverse area. Coffee is grown at the highest altitudes while lower altitudes are reserved for tea cultivation and some subsistence and dairy farming. The Kiambu District is also home to a variety of indigenous shade trees and wild animals. Maintaining this diversity, in addition to Yara’s multi-pronged approach to farm planning and management, constitutes their commitments to sustainable farming. Currently, the estate is working on attaining Rainforest Alliance certification.
This offering was brought to us from Crop to Cup Coffee Importers. The lot consists of of SL28, SL34, and Ruiru varieties grown in red volcanic soils at 1,730 MASL. It is fully washed and dried on raised beds.
We find this coffee to be juicy and fruit forward, featuring pomegranate and grapefruit as prominent flavors. Caramelized sugar materializes behind these notes to round out acidity and add syrupy body.
TASTING NOTES: POMEGRANATE /// GRAPEFRUIT /// BURNT SUGAR