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Kenya Handege

Kenya Handege

This lot from the Handege Factory is clean and punchy, with lovely tropical fruit flavors balanced by rich vanilla cream. Operated by the Ritho Farmer’s Cooperative Society, Handege serves the surrounding community in Kiambu province, processing the many smallholders’ crops into daylots. 


Because of this unique structure in Kenya, the focus on improving coffee quality is centered on processing, rather than terroir. Handege is no exception, coming to us clean as a whistle, thanks to the 72 hour process used by most Kenyan factories. The 72 hour process is so named for its length, much longer than other washed coffees, which is broken up by multiple fermentation stages. This extended washing process ensures no remaining mucilage on the beans, preventing any off flavors from the extended fermentation.

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About This Coffee

Flavors: Papaya, mango, vanilla
Sourced from: Kiambu, Kenya
Elevation grown: 1600-1800 meters
Producers: Smallholder farmers
Varietals: SL28, Ruiru 11
Harvested: Winter 2021-22
Process: Washed

Kiambu, Kenya

The name, Handege, is derived from Ndege, the Swahili word for airplane. Handege Coffee factory is affiliated with Ritho Farmers’ Cooperative Society. This society is located in Gatundu location, Kiambu County and it was founded in 1972.

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