Boyce Harries is the current caretaker of the estates Chania and Oreti in the Central Province; the farms have been in the Harries family for generations. Boyce oversees harvest, processing, and between-season upkeep. Though climate change is shifting the seasons some, main crop is usually October–December, and fly crop from May–July. Boyce has begun exploring processing beyond the traditions of the Kenyan Washed process, and as an innovative producer interested in quality and experimentation, Boyce has also focused on growing unusual or heirloom varieties, such as this French Mission selection.
More than 76 cm of rain a year, combined with the deep red volcanic soil and temperatures of 22–28°C, come together to provide the perfect conditions for Boyce's coffee to express its potential. The permanent staff of 40 is multi-generational, many having worked and lived alongside up to three generations of the Harries family. The homes Boyce and his family provide for workers have clean water and electricity (which is unfortunately not always a standard for farm laborers in Kenya), as well as numerous extra facilities such as a social hall, nursery school, and a homework room. The employees form a self-elected committee which meets monthly to raise and discuss social, welfare, safety, and health matters.
The Harries family is active in the local community, donating more than 50 acres of land to the Thika Municipal Council and co-founding the Wabeni Technical Institute. The institute seeks to teach underprivileged children practical skills which can help them make a living (e.g. dressmaking, motor mechanics, carpentry).
|Region||Thika Plateau, Central Province|
|Variety||SL28, SL24, SL14, French Mission|
Tasting notes: Balanced, sweet, tart, & syrupy with caramel, brown sugar, cola, panela, red grape & green grape flavors.
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