A week ago, I was given a heads up by my boss of an upcoming trip to a coffee farm. I remember my friend laughing at me when I told him I’m going to miss my Saturday class in the name of visiting a coffee farm. For the first time in many months, I felt like someone dragged me to do the wrong assignment. I wanted to protest and scream my lungs out.
Anyway, I passed by the office to pick the camera and got into a cab. According to google map, the coffee farm was 59 minutes from Upperhill. We agreed with the cab driver to follow the directions as per the map. Unfortunately, one hour later we found ourselves headed for a place called Banana. We had to call the cab’s head office to get directions. We struggled for about another hour before we got to Thika road. We arrived at Karunguru Farm at around 12 pm after a long struggle trying to get our way there Map to the farm.
I was surprised to see that a couple of people showed up for the familiarization trip. We were taken through a 30-minute talk on the history of the Farm.
How it started
Karunguru Coffee Estate was established on a 300-acre farm in 1928 by the Glassford family. It was later on purchased by Geoffrey Karekia Kariithi who named it Karunguru Farm after his father.
I will spare you the science involved in terms of the types of coffee they plant. You can check it here.
Back to the Familiarization trip. We set out to tour the coffee farm at 1 pm. Our first stop was at the nursery.
We walked for a few minutes before we got to the actual farm where the coffee is grown.
Unfortunately, it was not one of those busy days where a lot of (picking) was taking place on the farm.
During the picking season, the coffee is processed at their own factory (Karunguru farm factory), where it is taken through parchment processing to sort out the coffee to ensure and control and monitor the standard of coffee produced on the farm.
Finally, the coffee is dried under the tropical sun to retain its natural taste, aroma, and uniqueness.
After finishing the tour we went back to the house where we were treated to a nice brunch. We couldn’t leave without sipping some good coffee. I am a coffee lover and I can tell you this for free, what we purchase from the shops and supermarket are “just coffee”. The coffee I had at the farm was on another level. From the aroma to the taste it left on my tongue. It is an experience I want to have if I get a second chance.
The coffee is available in a 500-gram packet.
One more thing, If you have a family and you don’t have a plan for the weekend, why not go for a Farm tour at Karunguru Farm You will get to enjoy a swim and an evening gym session as well. I assure you, that you are well sorted at Karunguru Farm😊.
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