Single Co-operative Coffee - KENYA, Ndaroini, Nyeri
Producer: Ndaroini Farmers Coffee Ltd.
Growing altitude: 1800m above sea level.
Botanical variety: SL28, SL34.
Tasting notes: Syrup, tobacco, raspberry, peach, black currant flavours.
Roast date: 4 February, 2020
In Swahili language, Ndaroini is a place where people can rest overnight. This name applied to the Ndaroini smallholders that traveled long distances to deliver their cherries to the neighboring washing station Gichathaini. After a day’s work, they returned to the colonial camps – just a stone’s throw from today’s Ndaroini factory.
By the year 1981, the farmers were very frustrated with traveling very long distances to deliver their cherries to the neighboring washing station. They proposed to build a new washing station that was closer to home. The farmers and members of Gichathaini were opposed to the construction of a new station and hindered them in all possible ways.
However, through the leadership of their chairmen – the late Geoffrey Mugetha and Muthoni Maathai – and the persistent spirit of the Ndaroini people, the government allocated a community land measuring 2.5 acres and granted them the right to build a new station. Ndaroini washing station started production in 1984.
Together with Ndaroini Coffee Ltd. Trabocca, our exporter, 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.
We have in the past bought coffee from Ndaroini, however we feel that this is a start of a tidal change in how coffee is purchased in Kenya, and by us committing to buying their coffee affords us with great coffee and a stable future for the farmers.