This is another amazing lot from Boyce Harries family farm ”Oreti estate”. We still remember the first sip of this coffee. Juicy, sweet and rich – ripe plum. And every single person in the roastery got the same – ripe plum. Not a very common first impression for the Kenyan coffee, right? And that makes this coffee so unique. You still got a traditional Kenyan taste notes of rhubarb, redcurrant and a colorful, joyful sweetness on top of it – like a My Little Pony birthday party table, with cakes, sweets and lots of fruits.
"Three Rockets in the Sky" (Ancis, Mārtiņš, and Aivars) visited Boyce this year to look for the best Kenyan coffee to bring back home, and they came across two “drop the mic” kind of coffee. It turned out that this was the same coffee, which has been processed in two different ways. One was natural and the other one – washed.
Boyce Harries represents the fifth generation of coffee producers, today managing two coffee farms in Kenya: Chania and Oreti estate. These two farms are the last remaining medium-sized farms in Kenya. The Harries family are growing varieties that are quite unusual for Kenya, including SL14 and Red Bourbon. They are the last remaining to still produce the SL14 cultivar, which was the first SL (Scottish Lab) variety cultivated in Kenya. SL14 is not easy to grow, hence it has been gradually replaced in Kenya with the SL28 and SL34 varieties, which are more climate hardly and produce higher yields.
Boyce personally is involved in direct exporting, which is a good thing, when you know that usually there are until seven middlemen between a producer and his end buyer!
Oreti Estate farm is located on deep volcanic red soils. This small 35-hectare farm was named after New Zealand’s Oreti Beach, where Boyce’s grandfather and grandmother met for their first time. Peter Harries decided to plant 17 hectares of SL14 alongside the SL28 in 1961. Although particularly susceptible to disease, the family has kept this variety because of its remarkable properties of quality.
Both farms have 40 full-time employees, but they hire up to 300 additional workers during harvests. They have opened their own nursery school to take care of the children of their employees.