February 22, 2019

Single Origin Release: Kenya Mchana

The Mchana Estate located in Kiambu County has 906 hectares of farmland with 442 hectares planted with a mix of SL28, SL34, Ruiri 11 and K7 varieties. About ⅔ of the trees still producing coffee date back to the 1950’s and are mostly SL28. At the time, Mchana was one of the largest coffee estates in Kenya at around 440 total hectares. In 1950, it was acquired by Socfinaf, a French company and combined with neighboring farms N’gewe Estate, Kiki Estate and Mukuyu Estate to reach its present size and retained the name M’Chana. The farm currently employs 350 permanent workers, housed on the estate which includes a dispensary, a preschool and a primary school. The estate is managed by Peter Mburu, a Kenyan agronomist who has been working for Socfinaf for over 20 years. This coffee’s mild and juicy melon sweetness is rounded out with a crisp pink lady apple finish.