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Rosetta Roastery have really earned their stripes when it comes to progressive roast styles and with Kenyan coffees, a progressive roast style really allows their brightness to shine. Ndaro-ini is Rosetta's newest Kenyan offering and we've been thrilled to taste it.
Ndaro-ini means place of rest in the local East-African language of Swahili. The name harks back to the early days of coffee farming in the region where the local farmers would need to carry their harvest for miles in order to get it to the nearest washing station to be processed before returning back to Ndaro-ini, their place of rest. In the '80s the group banded together and realised their dream of building their own washing station which is now having a significant impact on Kenyan coffee as an industry.
Despite Kenyan coffee being prized for its quality and sought after all over the world, the industry is facing challenges that threaten it as a whole. The biggest challenges the farmers in Kenya face are around quality control (and maintaining the standard) and receiving fair prices for their product. A revolutionary new agreement between Trabocca and Ndaro-ini plans to eliminate these problems. With Trabocca agreeing to purchase Ndaro-ini's entire harvest at a fair price, they have spent the last few investing heavily in the washing station to ensure standards is met. From forward-thinking agronomic planning to training on processing and soil analysis, this agreement has both parties striving to produce the best Kenyan coffee they possibly can.
We are excited to see the future influence that agreements like this have on, not just Ndaro-ini's coffee, but the Kenyan coffee industry as a whole... But mostly we are just excited that it is the time of year that we begin to get new season Kenyan coffee!
Phaedon's tasting notes
I've been lucky enough to taste more than one Ndaro-ini crop, roasted by the team at Rosetta. Their Kenyan offerings are always something I look forward to, and this one is no exception.
In the cup, this coffee is a captivating blend of quintessentially Kenyan and unique in terms of its flavour. It has some of the juicy, bright, tangy acidity that people love in the best Kenyan crops. In this coffee it often reminded me of cherry or cranberry, but sometimes it also had that Ribena-like blackcurrant flavour. It also has other things going for it though. Its body is surprisingly full with a deep sweetness that personally reminded me of brown sugar. I'd recommend enjoying this coffee however you can. I particularly loved it in a simple French press, or any type of pour-over or filter brew.
Flavour profile: Full-bodied & juicy, cherry, rooibos, molasses
Kenyan coffees are some of the most vocal when it comes to origin. These AA beans (The largest of the standard Kenyan coffee bean size classifications) are grown at exceptionally high altitudes so their high density is what needs to be kept in mind. We push heat heartily to first crack and try to maintain a steadily declining rate of rise following the endothermic spike after first crack.
- Producers: Group of 1400 local farmers
- Region: Nyeri
- Country: Kenya
- Variety: SL28 & SL34
- Altitude: 1800 mASL
- Processing: Washed
- Harvest: 2019