Kenya Oreti 250G
A Kenyan forest coffee, covered in aromas of cedar and vanilla.
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Aromas of cedar, vanilla
Grand Cru, score 87+
Roasted for espresso and filter
“Complex and exotic, discover a tropical profile, notes of cedar, vanilla, maple syrup, banana and jasmine. »
Oreti Estate has been run by the Harries family for several generations. It is one of the last two medium sized farms remaining in Kenya today and sits on deep volcanic red soils. This small farm of 35 hectares (which remains however a large farm on the scale of Kenya) takes its name from the New Zealand beach "Oreti Beach" where Boyce's grandfather met his grandmother. Peter Harries decided to plant 17 hectares of SL14 alongside SL28 in 1961. Although very susceptible to disease, the family kept this variety for its superior quality to SL28.
Along with Chania Farm, also owned by the Harries family, it has almost 80 hectares of native and planted forests to encourage biodiversity.
Today the Chania and Oreti farms are planted with more than 50% red Bourbon. The rest includes Ruiru 11 (resistant variety), K7 (rust resistant), SL28 (susceptible to disease but known for cup quality) and the new variety Batian. The farms employ 40 full-time people, but during the harvest, up to 300 employees are needed for the selection and preparation of the coffees. A kindergarten was opened on the farm to take care of the employees' children. The coffee harvest is done entirely by hand and the coffees are all processed on site. Most cafes are wet-processed, but Boyce also makes plain, honey preparations, or even microlots by variety.
THE HISTORY OF THE PRODUCER
The Harries family has been established in Kenya, in the town of Thika (central province), since 1904. They own two plantations there: Chania & Oreti. These two farms are the last remaining medium sized farms in Kenya and are now owned by Boyce Harries, 5th generation of the family. The Harries family has varieties quite atypical for Kenya, including SL14 and red bourbon. This family is the latest to produce the SL14 variety, which is the first "SL" variety developed in Kenya. SL28 and SL34 varieties have gradually replaced SL14 in Kenya, for their greater resistance to the climate and for their better yields, SL14 being an extremely weak shrub.
|Roasting||Amber - Expresso and filter|
|Production region||Province Centrale|
|Coffee plantation||Oreti Estate|
|Coffee farmer||Boyce Harries|
|Type of soil||Volcanic|
|Area of the farm||14 hectares of family plantation|
|Composition||100% Arabica, Bourbon red, Ruiru 11, K7|
|Variety||SL28, high quality|
|More information on the blog||
Profil de Boyce Harries, une ferme familiale rare