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This coffee from Ndaroini is a great example of the storied past and the future potential that exists in Kenya.


The cup is sweet, balanced, and lush. The aromatics are floral and fresh, with flavors of mixed dark fruits; most notably black currant. The finish is lingering and clean and reminiscent of spring flowers. Truly a remarkable and complex cup.


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$17.00
A 12oz bag of Kenya AA Ndarioni Coffee

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This coffee from Ndaroini is a great example of the storied past and the future potential that exists in Kenya.


The cup is sweet, balanced, and lush. The aromatics are floral and fresh, with flavors of mixed dark fruits; most notably black currant. The finish is lingering and clean and reminiscent of spring flowers. Truly a remarkable and complex cup.

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ROASTER'S NOTES:

The name Ndaroini (N-dar-o-ini) refers to the washing station that produces this lovely coffee. The farmers number roughly 1200 members, and are part of the Gikanda Cooperative Society located in the heart of Nyeri, considered the crown jewel region for quality Kenyan coffees.

Historically, farmers from Ndaroini would deliver coffee fruit to a neighboring washing station that was quite some distance away. In 1984, after 3 years of planning and securing some land, the members built their own wet milling facility and became the Ndaroini group that we work with today.

This year, for the first time in their history, these producers are selling directly to an international importer instead of funneling all of their coffee into the national auction system.

PRODUCTION NOTES:

Historically, coffee fruit is delivered to the washing stations and the farmer is paid for the cherry they deliver. This year those payments averaged 55-82 Kenyan shillings per kilo (2.2 pounds) of cherry. Current exchange rate is roughly 101 shillings per USD.

Often the payment is not received for several months after they have delivered and is only paid out once the finished coffee is exported after passing through the auction exchange in Nairobi. This leaves the producer without cash and having to borrow against their own money at high interest rates.

Trabocca, the importer the cooperative is working with, agreed to pay Ndaronini 100 shillings per kilo and an additionally 21 shillings for agronomic improvements to producers. More importantly, they agreed to do this when the cherry was delivered for the entire crop, not just the top qualities. This put money in the hands of the farmers when they needed it the most, which is a huge step forward in the circle of debt that has plagued Kenyan coffee growers for decades.

Kenyan coffee production has decreased dramatically from a peak in the late 1980’s of about 127,000 MT (metric tons), to current levels of roughly 45,000 MT. This is a decrease of roughly 65%. Both quantity and quality has suffered. Nearly all coffee professionals will tell you that Kenyan farmers produce some of the finest coffees in the world despite the current challenges they face. This coffee from Ndaroini is a great example of the storied past and the future potential that exists in Kenya.

CUP CHARACTERISTICS:

The cup is sweet, balanced, and lush. The aromatics are floral and fresh, with flavors of mixed dark fruits; most notably black currant. The finish is lingering and clean and reminiscent of spring flowers. Truly a remarkable and complex cup.

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ROASTED TO ORDER:

When you order online, your coffee is roasted the next morning (Monday-Thursday) by our artisan roasters in Olympia, WA and is packaged and shipped out to you that afternoon.

In just a few days your coffee arrives on your doorstep, ready to be brewed into the best cup of coffee possible.

OUR PROMISE:

When we find an exceptional coffee we buy it. Then the unroasted beans travel by land and by sea to the USA where our artisan roasters develop a custom roast profile for the coffee that best highlights its unique qualities.

We pay farmers fairly and build relationships that last decades. More than 30 years of experience means we have an abundance of relationships with coffee producers that grant us access to the best coffee beans in the world.