Kenya Handege AA

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Kenya Handege AA

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BLACK CHERRY • LIME • PEACH PIE

PROCESS: WASHED

FARMER: RITHO SOCIETY

LOCALE: KIAMBU COUNTY

VARIETY: SL34 & SL28

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HANDEGE COFFEE MILL OF ‘FACTORY’, IS AFFILIATED TO THE LARGER PRODUCER COOPERATIVE KNOWN AS RITHO SOCIETY. FOUNDED IN 1972, RITHO WORKS WITH COFFEE ‘FACTORIES’ THROUGHOUT KIAMBU COUNTY. THE NAME ‘HANDEGE’ IS DERIVED FROM NGEGE, THE SWAHILI WORD FOR AEROPLANE.

REGIONAL SOILS ARE WELL NOURISHED WITH RED VOLCANIC ROCK, BLACK COTTON AND PATCHES OF LOAM. ANNUAL PRECIPITATION OF 1000MM PER YEAR ENSURES THAT THE SOIL IS WELL SATURATED. HANDEGE IS A RELATIVELY SMALL FACTORY, WITH AN ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF ABOUT 150 METRIC TONS. CHERRIES ARE PULPED, FERMENTED AND WASHED, THEN SUN-DRIED ON RAISED AFRICAN DRYING TABLES. 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.

SIMILARLY TO OTHER FACTORIES AND ESTATES IN THE SAME AREA, THERE IS A NICE RAGE OF INDIGENOUS SHADE TREES AND THE AREA HOSTS ALL SORTS OF WILD ANIMALS SUCH AS ANTELOPES, HYENAS, PORCUPINES, SQUIRRELS, ANTEATERS, MONKEYS AND MANY OTHERS.

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