Constellations

AL MINLIAR

Star coffees with a light of their own

Producer

Paul Karani

Farm

Reci

Picking method

Selective manual

Name of star

Al Minliar

Altitude

1,500-2,200 masl

Variety

SL28, R11, Batian

Location

Kenya | Kiambu | Gatundu South

Farm size | Ha production

N/A

Harvest months

March to April

Produces coffees from

2006

Type of soil

Red Volcánico

Packaging

30 kg bags | GrainPro

PAUL KARANI'S CAFÉS

AL MINLIAR

AL MINLIAR is the Star that gives its name to all the coffee lots in the Kiambu coffee growing region. The lots are differentiated by their different characteristics in terms of flavor, aroma and processes. Each coffee grower receives the name of a star to denominate his lots, thus forming a great coffee universe.

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THE PRODUCER

Paul Karani

Reci Farm

Paul Karani is the name of batch producer Al Minliar, though he is better known as Reci which is pronounced ‘Leci’his African name and the name of his farm. Hehas been a coffee producer since 2006, is the second generation of coffee growers in his family, inherited the Reci estate when his father Steven Ngumi Tuguna died. Paul runs the farm with his wife, she is the supervisor to make sure everything goes well and they also have a team of 3 people all year round and for the harvest they hire more than 20 pickers. The farm has about 2,750 coffee trees producing the SL28, R11 and Batian varietals. although this one is separate from the others.

For Paul the best stage in the production of his coffees is to pick the cherries at their optimum point of ripeness and harvest, the most negative stage being pests and low prices in the market. Among the quality controls applied to its coffees, it is worth highlighting that after harvesting, when a manual selection is made once again, and after processing, in addition to controlling the fermentation during washing.
Paul’s coffee dream is to continue improving and learning, two years ago his farm was not as prepared as it is now.
Two años ago his farm was not as prepared as it is now,
his intention was to increase production in quantity and quality.

COFFEE REGION

Kiambu

The coffee region of Kiambu has 7 coffee growing districts These districts are home to 147,870 inhabitants and cover an area of 2,449 km². These districts are home to more than 50,150 families that cultivate approximately 18,827 hectares of Arabica coffee of the SL28, SL34, Batian and Ruiru11 varietals, ranks 1st as the country’s coffee-growing region with a production of 32.06% of the country’s total production.

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Location

Kenya

Surface area 580,367 km².

51.3 million inhabitants

18 coffee regions

110,000 hectares with coffee

18.827

Kiambu

Surface 2.4491 km²

147.870 inhabitants


7
coffee districts

18,827 hectares with coffee