We receive fresh deliveries of these coffee beans several times per week. Please allow up to 2-3 working days after you order for dispatch in case we need to wait for the next delivery.
We share a soft spot with our friends at Origin Coffee Roasting for great Kenyan coffee. The best of the country's crops are fruity, bold, bright & simply delicious. This one is an AA lot. That isn't a quality grade, but rather a screen size. In other words, this one is comprised of the biggest beans.
Is bigger better? That's up for debate, but we do know from experience that AA lots are often among the best, and also really display those quintessentially Kenyan specialty coffee characteristics. An AA lot from a cooperative as celebrated as Ndundu is something not to be missed!
Phaedon's tasting notes
Oh man, what a coffee. This is the kind of stuff that makes everybody so excited about Kenyan coffee. It's so bold. It's so sweet. It's so darn tasty, in pretty much any brew method you happen to choose!
When I look back at the notes I've taken as I've sampled this coffee in different brew methods, brown sugar & grapefruit (and specifically that combination) are the specific flavours that appeared out the most. I found some version of that combination in almost every brew. The only exception was my AeroPress, where I recorded the somewhat vague, "like a fruit cocktail with a purple fruit in it." I couldn't help but chuckle when I then consulted Origin's notes to discover purple grape and blackcurrant. Spot on guys!
Don't hesitate on this one. Buy a bag.
- Flavour: Blackcurrant, black pepper, purple grape, plummy, green tea, white grapefruit finish
- Body: Rich & round
- Roast: Light–medium
- Acidity: Black currant
- At its best: Versatile
The Ndundu Factory is located in the Central Highlands of Kenya sharing a border with Nakuru and Kajiado to the West, Murang’a and Nyandarua to the North and Nairobi to the South. Mills in Kenya are known as factories. Together with a few other factories, Ndundu is part of the Thiririka Farmers Cooperative Society founded in 1996. The name is derived from the Thiririka river flowing nearby. Additionally, the word Ndundu is a local Kikuyu word for agreement, which influences the community members to work together.
Members of the cooperative are required to purchase seeds from the Kenya Coffee Research Institute, whilst adhering to specific rules and guidelines for planting and cultivation. A field committee visits each farm to maintain these standards and provides support to producers. The factory also employs a specific “Cherry Clerk” to inspect every delivery of cherries to ensure that the utmost quality is taken in for processing.
The coffee is grown throughout the region on healthy deep red volcanic soils high in nutrients and organic matter. This soil is ideal for coffee production and gives the trees the necessary resources to allocate energy to high-quality coffee production.
Harvest generally occurs amongst the cooperative members between October and December. In some cases, the early crop can be harvested between April and July.
- Owners: 600 smallholder producers delivering to the Ndundu Factory
- Varieties: SL34, Ruiru 11 and SL28
- Processing: Washed & dried on raised beds
- Altitude: Approx. 1,700 to 1,800 masl
- Town/City: Kiganjo
- Region: Kiambu County
- Country: Kenya