This coffee comes from the well known Nyeri Hill Estate in the Nyeri District of Kenya. The Nyeri District is located in the central highlands of Kenya, where most of the country's coffee production occurs.
Nyeri Hill Estate was established in 1914 by the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri, and was one of the first coffee farms established in Eastern Africa. The farm focuses on producing high-quality coffees, while also emphasizing the community's long-term environmental and economic sustainability. Nyeri Hill Estate directly supports over 300 employees who earn a living from the farm. The estate also uses its income for community development through the funding of multiple institutions, including Nyeri High School, Mathari Mission Hospital, and the Kamwenja Teachers College.
Currently, Nyeri Hill Estate's coffee crop consists of 73% SL28, 18% Riuru 11, and 9% SL34. Each of these varieties were developed in Kenya in the 20th century. SL28 is genetically similar to the Bourbon variety of the arabica plant, and is known for its resistance to drought. Riuru 11, which has grown in prevalence in Kenya after a coffee berry disease (CBD) epidemic in 1968, is a variety known for its resistance to coffee leaf rust and CBD.
The farm's main crop harvest occurs between October and January. Only red ripe cherries are harvested from the farm's 374,000 coffee trees. Those cherries are transported to the farm's wet-mill, which has been in operation since 1934. Here, the cherries are pulped to remove the skin of the cherry, and fermented to remove the mucilage. Following fermentation, the coffee is washed with clean water and sun-dried on raised beds.
- Region: Nyeri County, Kenya
- Process: Fully washed, sun-dried on raised beds
- Elevation: 1500 meters
- Variety: SL28, SL34, Riuru 11