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The Chorongi Coffee Factory in Nyeri County was founded in 1967 and is the cherry catchment for local cooperative members. Joseph Mathenge manages the washing station where they process the coffee cherries into parchment. In order to keep quality high, the mill reinforces best farming practices through planting demonstration lots and careful cherry selection prior to milling.
Both the SL-28 and SL-34 coffee varieties were developed by Scott Laboratories in the 1930s during an experiment funded by the Kenyan Government to survey and catalog coffee varieties which were best suited to commercial development.
In the end, both SL-28 and SL-34 were selected and promoted for their drought-resistant properties. Paired with the deep, rich volcanic soils of the Nyeri region these coffee trees produce a unique, intense and complex acidity.
Chorongi AA is a prime example. It tastes of sweet strawberries and stewed rhubarb, its sparkling acidity is balanced with a deep sugary sweetness.