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Think You Know Kenya Coffee Varieties? Think Again!

Posted Feb 23, 2020 in From the Field

Customers sometimes ask us for 100% SL variety coffees. However, while most farms still have the traditional SL varieties, most also have Ruiru 11 and, increasingly, Batian. Most farms are far too small to be able to handle lot separation by variety. This means that most lots coming out of Kenya – whether single estate or smallholder group – are a blend of SL, Ruiru and (sometimes) Batian. It is understandable to be wary about a new variety’s potential to change the classic Kenyan profile. However, we have a bit more of an optimistic outlook.

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