Varietals: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11
Processing: Fully washed, sun dried
Owner: Private small holders
Altitude: 1700-1800 m.a.s.l
District: Mount Elgon
Region: Western Province
Kenya AA Blue mountain Coffee is grown on mountainous plateaus in the west of Kenya where plants enjoy excellent weather conditions that are conducive to the production of fruit that produce a bright, lower acidic flavour.
Nyabomite Coffee Estate is located in East Africa near Mount Elgon, Kenya. Mount Elgon is a massive solitary volcanic mountain on the border of eastern Uganda and western Kenya.
Approximately 80 hectares – out of 151 hectares in total – of the farm are used for growing Arabica coffee. Nyabomite employs a total of 23 permanent employees and 107 contracted seasonal workers. During the coffee picking period up to 300 casual employees are recruited. The estate houses 70 workers within the farm; the majority comes from the neighboring villages.
Nyabomite Estate has well-conserved forest patches with both indigenous and exotic trees. In addition, they have planted coffee shade trees within the estate to improve biodiversity within the farm. The use of shade trees also contributes to the quality of their coffee.
They use appropriate cultivation techniques like mulching to ensure that the soil structure is improved and maintained. To prevent soil erosion they use wash control pits dug across the slopes and blue grass strips planted across the slopes. They have minimized the use of agrochemicals by better agricultural practices like pruning and mulching and biological means.