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Ndaroini is a place of rest in the Swahili language. The Ndaroini group chose this name because they traveled long distances to deliver their cherries. After days of picking on their farms, they had to walk hours with their bags of cherries to the Gichathaini washing station. They couldn’t stay for the night and had to walk back to their place of rest, Ndaroini. The Ndaroini farmers became fed up with the long walks. As the group grew, they dreamed of their washing station just a stone throw from their homes. The Gichathaini feared to lose the Ndaroini cherries and did everything to prevent the plans from succeeding. But the Ndaroini people finally got their washing station after years of persistent campaigning. The group has two hero’s; the late Geoffrey Mugetha and Muthoni Maathai. In 1984, these chairmen came to terms with the government to give them 2.5 acres of land to build the washing station. In the harvest of ’84, the Ndaroini opened their washing station: to this day, one of the most celebrated in Nyeri County. Kenya’s FOB prices rank among the highest in the world. Although this is a remarkable feat, growers seem to leave the industry. Coffee doesn’t pay to well in Kenya, and we noticed this while cupping them over the years. The NDAROINI wetmill has a strong reputation for top class coffee processing, and this we can taste. On top of that the Ndaroini group blamed late and low payments as reasons for departing coffee growers. They were ready for change and today the farmers are probably the best paid farmers in the country. This AA lot is one of the highest cupping/tasting coffee of the current crop and nice for both filter as espresso brewing.

Type

Single Origin

Origin

Nyeri, Kenya

Species

Arabica

Varieties

Red Catuai, Gayo 1, Gayo 2

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