This prized AA micro-lot is produced by the Windrush Estate located in Kiambu County, the heartland of traditional coffee growing in Kenya. Windrush, one of Kenya's original coffee estates, was established in the 1902 by a British settler who initially reared cattle and later planted the estate's first coffee tree in 1930. The estate changed ownership several times before being acquired in 1971 by the Gatatha Farmers Company which was formed by 300 local residents to manage the estate. Sitting on 500 hectares of land with mineral rich soil, the estate is devoted to coffee and tea growing with slight subsistence farming of dairy cattle. The Estate is famous for predominantly farming the complex and most-prized SL 28 and 34 Bourbon varieties. Factory manager Edward Githinji takes pride in the estate's culture of using proven sustainable methods of farming. Githinji ensures that soil pits are dug to trap rainwater and bluegrass is planted as ground cover to prevent erosion. At the same time Gravillier and Eucalyptus trees are planted on the estate to shade the coffee from the harsh afternoon sun.
Producer: Windrush Estate | Gatatha Farmers Co.
Region: Cianda Town . Kiambu District . Kenya
Variety: SL28 . SL 34
Harvest Season: September-January | 2018 - 2019
Rain Season: March - May | October - December
Altitude: 1,750 -1,850 meters
Soil: Friable Volcanic Loam
Process: Fully-Washed | Dried on Raised-Beds
The estate's coffee is hand-picked processed on-site using using Kenya’s trademark double-fermentation and dried on raised beds. Fresh water from the Riara river is used in the process. Windrush is pursuing the Rainforest Alliance certification.
Even as Windrush makes marked strides in improving production, Kiambu in general is facing rapid decline mostly pressured by urbanization and industrialization. The expansion of the Thika Superhighway has led to an explosion of the real estate market, along with the development of several major projects such as Tatu City. Such urban expansions are eating away at many of Kenya’s larger coffee plantations.