Quite close to Kieni near the town of Karatina in Nyeri is the Karogoto wet mill, it's owned by the Tekangu Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society which got its name from combining the names of their 3 mills: Tegu, Karogoto and Ngunguru. Much like Kieni it has seen success in recent years and has secured high prices for farmers delivering their coffee cherries there.
The mill is split in half by a road, with the sorting shed and fermentation tanks on the lower side and the drying beds on the upper slope of the hill. Both sides are pretty steep, with a great view of the valley and weaver birds making their homes in the trees around the mill.
The mill is managed by Ephraim Maina Muthee, who showed us around and with whom Steve planted a coffee plant on the slope just below the sorting shed.
In the cup this coffee is a classic Kenyan, but not in the blackcurrant way. This has heaps of clean red wine notes with cherry, and coffee blossom with a chocolate like sweetness and finishes with jasmine notes.
- Country: Kenya
- County: Nyeri
- Nearest town: Karatina
- Mill: Karagoto
- Owners: Tekangu Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society
- Contributing farmers: 1,700+
- Altitude: 1,700 m.a.s.l.
- Varietal: SL28 & SL34
- Processing method: Washed
- Average rainfall: 1,500 mm
- Temperature range: 12-27°C
- Soil type: Well drained red volcanic soil rich in phosphorus