Kiriga Estate sits between 1,550 and 1,650 metres above sea level. It is approximately five kilometres from Thika town, which is an industrial town in the central province of Kenya. Owner and a third generation coffee farmer Dr Brian Gakunga is well known in Kenyan coffee circles.
He is a founding member and a former long-serving Honorary Secretary of the Kenya Coffee Producers Association, which is a national farmers’ organisation that works to promote the economic and social interests of the coffee farmers through active participation in the national and international arena. Kiriga coffee is predominantly SL28 variety (notable for its world-renowned cup quality).
The farm has an estimated two hectares of Ruiru 11 variety (which has improved resistance to coffee berry disease and leaf rust); some K7 variety (similar characteristics as SL28, but with better resistance to leaf rust compared to SL28); and a field of the newest Batian variety. About 60% of the coffee that the estate produces is AA/AB.
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