This revolutionary cup comes from the Ndaroini washing station, in the Kenyan Nyeri region. As little knowledge and low and late payments towards smallholders resulted in decreasing volume and quality of the coffee in this region, Menno decided to set up a new supply chain. Together with Trabocca he makes farmers independent from bureaucratic multinationals. We’re happy to now share two of those Kenyan coffees, different in taste. This AA – one of the scarcest beans available – has notes of red berries, creamy and brown sugar. More info? Download the factsheet or read below.
- Country Kenya
- Region Nyeri
- Washing station Ndaroini AA
- Variety SL28, SL34
- Processing method Washed
- Altitude 1800 Metres
- Certificate Conventional
A revolutionary cup
A revolutionary cup, that is how this coffee truly can be called. By drinking it, you can join the Kenyan coffee revolution and help us change the coffee industry. The coffee comes from the Ndaroini washing station, in the Nyeri region, Kenya. Although this is one of the best coffee regions in the country, our founder Menno was surprised by the quality and volume of the coffee that seemed to decrease year after year. In 2018, he started to investigate why this happened.
He found out two key issues formed the base of the problem: low and late payments towards smallholders and low yields because of little funds and too little knowledge. Both resulting in demotivated farmers. With green coffee supplier Trabocca, Menno made a plan to set up a new supply chain, that would make farmers independent from bureaucratic multinationals. Not only by explaining the farmers about his future plans and how to realise them, but also by really supporting them with knowledge and fair prices, Menno finally convinced the people of Ndaroini to change their course.
A new supply chain
Together with Ndaroini Coffee Ltd. Trabocca started a new movement that seeks to award the hardest working people in the industry: the smallholders. Instead of paying 55 to 82 Kenyan shilling (Ksh) per kilo coffee cherries – as reported by the Daily Nation as an industry standard, they pay 100 Ksh per kg cherries and an additional 21 Ksh to the factory for quality improvements. The higher prices per kg cherries stimulate growers to invest in their farms. Next to that, Trabocca contracted an agronomist who made a year plan that helps the smallholders to control the quality of their future harvest.
Join the revolution!
But according to Menno, changing the coffee industry can not be done by only one company. Therefore, he also encourages you to join the revolution and taste this coffee yourself. So that’s why we are extremely happy to finally share two of those Ndaroini coffees with you. We offer a Kenya AA and AB, that differ in size, sorted according to the unique Kenyan coffee system. Both types are harvested at different times and differ in taste. This type, AA, is some of the scarcest beans available and has notes of cream, red berries and brown sugar. We would love you to try them both and to discover their specific flavour profiles!
More about AA and AB
In Kenya, coffee gets sorted according to a unique system. After processing the green coffee, it is being sorted by screens. These screens have little holes which can filter smaller coffee beans.
AA means that the coffee has been screen sorted with an 18+ screen. All beans that are smaller than 18/64th of an inch (or 7 mm) will slip through the holes, leaving us with only beans that are bigger. AA beans are all of the biggest beans of the farmers harvest. This way, the beans are evenly sized, which makes them generally easier to roast. Bigger beans are typically also higher in moisture content, which is beneficial for the flavour. AA’s are, along with PB (Peaberries), also some of the scarcest beans.
AB beans are all beans that have been sorted with a 17+ screen. Same thing as with AA, but now a little smaller. This creates even more consistency in size of the beans, because both big and small beans are eliminated. Besides AA, AB and PB (Peaberry) Kenya has many more grades available for buyers, but those three are the highest quality grades.
Even though the AA and AB beans are from exactly the same region and mill, it doesn’t mean that they will taste the same. Or even that one is better than the other. The beans are harvested at different times and they have different flavour profiles. So we encourage everyone to try them both out and to discover what differences a very similar coffee can have.
Brew advice espresso
- Dose double espresso 19 grams
- Extraction time 30 seconds
- Shot weight 52 grams
Brew advice filter
- Dose 15 grams
- Water 250 grams at 96 degrees
- Procedure 30 seconds bloom with 50 grams of water, fill up with water to 250 grams
- Total extraction time 2.30 minutes
Every day we strive to craft coffee like no other. It’s fresh, it’s brewed perfectly and it elevates an experience. Get in touch and we’ll invite you to sample our range of coffee. We love to tell you more about the origins of each, the farmers we support, how roasting brings out different characteristics – and get to know you too!