KENYA NYERI HILL ESTATE
Producer: Nyeri Hill Estate
Elevation: 1800-2200 masl
Variety: SL28, Sl34, Ruiru 11
Tasting Notes: Orange, grapefruit, apricot, turbinado sugar
One of the oldest coffee farms established in eastern Africa, Nyeri Hill Estate planted its first coffee seedling in 1914. Located two kilometers northwest of the town of Nyeri, along the Nyeri-Ihururu road, this expansive estate stretches along the slopes of the region's central highlands. Nyeri Hill includes 1,415 total hectares, 344 of which are devoted to coffee cultivation. Here, 300 total employees harvest three main varietals: SL28, SL34, and Riuru 11. The coffee is grown under the shade of Gravillea, Macadamia and Eucalyptus trees.
Nyeri Hill is a unique coffee estate with equally distinct offerings. Farm management focuses on cultivating coffees that shine while also prioritizing the community's long-term sustainability, both from environmental and social perspectives. The organization allocates part of its profits to academic development (with Nyeri High School), professional growth (with Kamwenja Teachers College) and community healthcare (with Mathari Mission Hospital). Along with these social commitments, the leaders at Nyeri Hill focus on reforestation in 250 hectares of the estate, preservation of natural vegetation to encourage biodiversity, and soil retention through solutions like Bermuda Grass cultivation. By approaching their role in the coffee industry holistically, Nyeri Hill Estate strikes a key balance between producing high-quality coffees and providing high quality of life for their employees and partners.