Kenya Karogoto Washed AB

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Red wine, cherry, coffee blossom, chocolate, jasmine.



Quite close to Kieni near the town of Karatina, Nyeri, is the Karogoto wet mill. 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, it has seen success in recent years and has secured high prices for farmers delivering their coffee cherries there.

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, with a great view of the valley and weaver birds making their homes in the trees around the mill.

The mill is managed by Ephraim Maina Muthee, who showed us around. Steve planted a coffee plant with Ephraim on the slope just below the sorting shed.

In the cup this coffee is a classic Kenyan, but not in the blackcurrant way. This has heaps of clean red wine notes with cherry, and coffee blossom with a chocolate-like sweetness. It finishes with jasmine notes.

  • Country: Kenya
  • County: Nyeri
  • Nearest town: Karatina
  • Mill: Karagoto
  • Owners: Tekangu Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society
  • Contributing farmers: 1,700+
  • Altitude: 1,700 m.a.s.l.
  • Varietal: SL28 & SL34
  • Processing method: Washed
  • Average rainfall: 1,500 mm
  • Temperature range: 12–27°C
  • Soil type: Well-drained red volcanic soil rich in phosphorus


Red wine, cherry, coffee blossom, chocolate, jasmine.

Clean cup: (1–8): 6.5
Sweetness: (1–8): 7.5
Acidity: (1–8): 6.5
Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6.5
Flavour: (1–8): 7
Aftertaste: (1–8): 7
Balance: (1–8): 6.5
Overall: (1–8): 6.5
Correction: (+36): +36

Total: (max. 100): 90

Roasting Information
Medium, drop it just as you approach second crack.

"Quick Look" Guide
Red wine, cherry, coffee blossom, chocolate, jasmine.