This coffee is a standout! A juicy blackberry sultriness draws you in while ripe apricot and an orange-like acidity seal the deal.
Nyeri coffees are nearly always at the top of a cupper’s list of favorites, and this special offering from the Ndaro-Ini Factory (aka Washing Station) is at the top of the top. It somehow achieves that nearly impossible feat of mind-bending flavors, mouth-saturating sweetness, and impeccable balance that makes it an instantly recognizable superstar.
Ndaroini belongs to an all-star Cooperative Society called Gikanda that includes Gichatha-Ini and Kangocho factories and together they represent around 2,800 smallholder farming families. The farms and factories are located within Central Kenya’s Nyeri county, bordered on the west by the Aberdares range, and on the northeast by Mount Kenya. In all of Africa, only Kilimanjaro tops the maximum elevation of Mount Kenya.
Smallholders like those that contribute to Ndaro-Ini tend to measure their plots by number of trees rather than acreage, averaging around 250 coffee plants per plot. Many are inter-cropping to improve the biodiversity of the region and the security of their harvest, planting banana and macadamia in addition to coffee. Kenya’s auction system elevates the value of exceptional coffees, and keeps the country’s coffee margins high, stable, and independent.
Like most Kenyan growing regions, coffee in Nyeri benefits from its equatorial location and two distinct annual rainy seasons, resulting in a main crop in the winter and a “fly” crop harvested in the summer.
Region: Nyeri District in the southern part of Mt. Kenya