The Karagoto wet mill is quite close to the Kieni mill, which is near the town of Karatina, Nyeri.
It's owned by the Tekangu Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society, which got its name from combining the names of their three mills: Tegu, Karogoto and Ngunguru. Much like Kieni, this one has seen success in recent years and has secured some really great prices for the farmers that deliver their coffee cherries to it.
The mill is split in half by a road, with the sorting shed and fermentation tanks on the lower side and the drying beds on the upper slope of the hill. Both sides are pretty steep. There's a great view of the valley, and weaver birds make their homes in the trees around the mill.
Ephraim Maina Muthee manages the mill. He showed us around when we visited in 2016, and Steve planted a coffee plant with him on the slope just below the sorting shed.
Bright grapefruit hits you in the face! It's a super crisp and refreshing coffee. There's a sprinkle of white sugar and a little lime zest before a load of blackberries wander in to join the party as it finishes.
Nearest town: Karatina
Owners: Tekangu Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society
Contributing farmers: 1,700+
Altitude: 1,700 m.a.s.l.
Processing method: Washed
Soil type: Well-drained red volcanic soil rich in phosphorus