TANO NDOGO AB, Kenya juicy & complex, blackcurrant, rhubarb, lemon sherbet

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TANO NDOGO AB, Kenya juicy & complex, blackcurrant, rhubarb, lemon sherbet

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Producer: Tano Ndogo farmers’ group

Region: Kiambu
Altitude: 1850 masl

Varietal: SL 34, SL28
Process: Fully washed & soaked

Importer: Falcon Speciality

Cup profile: Juicy & complex, blackcurrant, rhubarb, lemon sherbet

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Tano Ndogo is a newly formed farmers group from Gitwe, in Kiambu County. The group is composed of 3 brothers from the Muuru family, plus 2 neighbours from the same village. The name Tano Ndogo means “small five” in Swahili, to represent the 5 founding members. The Muuru inherited their farms in 2001 when their father passed away and the blocks were split amongst his sons. Joseph, Francis and James have 3.3 acres each. While the neighbours, Gichega Farm and Kariru estate, are of similar sizes, but placed in the north of the same town.

During harvest the coffee is handpicked and delivered to wet mill where it is pulped. This initially separates the dense beans from the immature ‘mbuni’s (floaters) using water floatation where the denser beans will sink and be sent through channels to the fermentation tank. Once the mucilage has been loosened by fermentation, the beans enter washing channels where floaters are separated further and dense beans are cleaned of any remaining mucilage. The washed beans are then soaked in fresh water for 24h. This soaking process is said to allow amino acids and proteins in the cellular structure of each bean to develop which results in higher levels of acidity and complex fruit flavours in the cup.

Coffee is traditionally sold through the country’s auction system, though recent amendments to the coffee law of Kenya have brought about the introduction of direct trading whereby farmers can by-pass the auction and sell directly to speciality roasters around the world. It is this system that our importing partner Falcon Speciality has chosen to use as they believe it brings about better returns for the smallholder.