KENYA - CENTRAL PROVINCE -THIKA - CHANIA ESTATE - AA 250g
Farm/Label: Chania Estate
Producers: Boyce Harris
Region: Central Province
Varietal: sl14, sl28 & red bourbon
Process: Fully Washed
Harvest: October to January
Packaging: Grane Pro and Jute Bags
Conditioning Info: Estate
The Harries family has been established in Kenya, in the town of Thika (Central Province), since
1904 and has two plantations: Chania & Oreti. These two farms are the last remaining
medium-sized farms in Kenya and owned by Boyce Harries, 5th generation of the family.
The two farms are located on red, deep volcanic soils beside the Chania River and have nearly 80
hectares of native and planted forests to encourage biodiversity.
The Harries family has quite atypical varieties for Kenya, including SL14 and French Mission
Bourbon. This family is the last to produce the SL14 variety, which was the first "SL" variety
developed in Kenya. The SL28 and SL34 varieties have gradually replaced SL14 in Kenya, for
their increased resistance to the climate and higher yields, the SL14 being an extremely fragile
Today the Chania and Oreti farms are planted with over 50% French Mission Bourbon. The rest
consists of Ruiru 11 (resistant variety), K7 (resistant to leaf rust), SL28 (susceptible to disease
but renowned for the quality of the cup) and the new variety Batian.
The farm has 40 full-time employees, but at harvest time, up to 300 seasonal workers are
required for the selection and preparation of the coffees. A nursery school was opened on the
farm for the children of employees.
Chania is a 73-hectare farm which owes its name to the Chania River that runs beside the farm.
There are two annual crops in Kenya: the main harvest from October to December (main crop)
and the small harvest from May to July (fly crop). All our Kenyan coffees come from the "main
crop", which is also the best quality.
The coffee is entirely hand-picked and all varieties are processed on the spot. Most of the coffees
are wet-processed, but Boyce also produces natural and honey processed coffees or
micro-batches by variety.