Kenya Chania AA
Kenya Chania AA
Grapefruit acidity, candied pecan, vanilla
From Thika, in Kenya’s central highlands, the Chania and Oreti estates in Central Province; the farms have been in the same family for generations. Boyce Harries oversees harvest, processing, and between-season upkeep. Boyce has focused on growing unusual or heirloom varieties, such as this French Mission selection. An incredible bright cup, full of wonderful grapefruit tartness balanced with smooth body and sweetness.
Boyce Harries is the current caretaker of the estates Chania and Oreti in Central Province; the farms have been in the Harries family for generations. Boyce oversees harvest, processing, and between-season upkeep. Though climate change is shifting the seasons some, main crop is usually October–December, and fly crop from May–July. Boyce, through conversations with Café Imports' Jason Long, has begun exploring processing beyond the traditions of the Kenyan Washed process, and as an innovative producer interested in quality and experimentation, Boyce has also focused on growing unusual or heirloom varieties, such as this French Mission selection.
More than 76cm of rain a year, combined with the deep red volcanic soil and temperatures of 22–28°C, come together to provide the perfect conditions for Boyce's coffee to express its potential. The permanent staff of 40 is multigenerational, many having worked and lived alongside up to three generations of the Harries family. The homes Boyce and his family provide for workers have clean water and electricity (which is unfortunately not always a standard for farm laborers in Kenya), as well as numerous extra facilities such as a social hall, nursery school, and a homework room. The employees form a self-elected committee which meets monthly to raise and discuss social, welfare, safety, and health matters.
The Harries family is active in the local community, donating more than 50 acres of land to the Thika Municipal Council and cofounding the Wabeni Technical Institute. The institute seeks to teach underprivileged children practical skills which can help them make a living (e.g. dressmaking, motor mechanics, carpentry).