Our single origin Kenya Grand Cru is a deep, complex coffee comprised of a rotating selection of top coffee lots sold at weekly auctions in Nairobi. Farmers grow these exceptional beans on tiny half-acre farms with rich red volcanic soils. It’s a unique light roast with rich notes of red wine, blackberry and currant.
The growing area that lies between Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare Mountain range yields some of the world’s finest coffees. Farmers typically grow these great coffees on tiny half acre farms by members of cooperative washing stations or on small independent family farms. The exceptional flavors in this area are due to the prevalence of the SL28 and SL34 Bourbon coffee varieties. Our Kenya Grand Cru comes from the 1,400 farmers of the Ndaroini producer group in Nyeri. Two years ago we began partnering with Ndaroini. Trabocca, our importer, started buying Kenya coffees in a transformative way. They were working directly with small-holder farmers (and paying them up front for their crop) by-passing the national auction system. The result has been an innovative new sourcing model in Kenya.
Single origin Kenya coffees are some of the most prized flavor profiles (and expensive) coffees in the world. However, the price consumers and roasters pay for these coffee doesn’t always line-up with the price paid to the farmers. With our importer, Trabocca, we are working to close the pay gap and ensure the farmers of Ndaroini are being paid fairly for their coffees.
Ndaroini means “place of rest” in the Swahili language. The members of the group chose this name because they traveled long distances to the Gichaithaini washing station. The farmers would stop along the journey and stay the night at Ndaroini to rest. Becoming frustrated with the time it took to deliver, the farmers joined together to form their own washing station in very close proximity to their homes. In 1984, the Ndaroini washing station opened after petitioning the government for 2.5 acres of land to build after years of persistent campaigning.
The group partnered with Trabocca in 2019 when Trabocca offered to pay a significant amount (100 ksh per kg of cherry compared to the local average of 60 ksh) for their entire crop. Trabocca then reached out to us. As long-term partners, this fully transparent and revolutionary supply chain has come full circle. The members of Ndaroini are bold and determined – not unlike the intense classic Kenya flavors found in their coffees.
Altitude: 1800 masl
Varieties: SL-28, SL-34