Established in 1924, Yadini Estate lies at an elevation of 1,600 meters above sea level in the county of Kiambu. Just four kilometers from the town of Ruiru, this farm lies on the expansive slopes of the Aberdare mountain range in the central highlands, where volcanic soils containing nitisols, ferralsols and plinthosols, known for their rich mineral nutrients, create a stable environment for coffee cultivation. Here, 800 employees tend to 171,000 coffee trees of the SL-34, Ruiru 11 and Batian varietals. Released in Kenya in 2010, the Batian variety tolerates leaf rust, resists coffee berry disease and produces large beans of high cup quality, according to the World Coffee Research variety catalog.
Bluegrass grows between rows of coffee in the field, where the plant is utilized as mulch because of its ability to improve soil structure during decomposition. In addition, the estate conserves the quality of this soil by planting natural shade trees such as figs, red stink wood and Egyptian rattle pod. Yadini Estate maintains an open environment for wildlife like hares, dik-dik antelope, moles and porcupines, preserving local biodiversity, and utilizes a nearby water source, the Ruiru river, for wet processing and irrigation. -- Info courtesy of Balzac Brothers and Company
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