$23.00 - $120.00
Due to COVID-19 and high order volumes, we cannot guarantee requests for ground coffee and shipments may be delayed.
|PRODUCER||Ngomano Factory; Ngomano Farmers' Co-Operative Society Ltd
|REGION||Machakos District, Kenya
|VARIETY||SL-28 and SL-34
|ALTITUDE||1100 - 1400 meters|
|TASTES LIKE||Jasmine, white peach, and cardamom|
|PACKAGE||12 oz, 2 lb, or 5 lb whole bean|
It's here. We're so excited to offer this long-awaited coffee!
Kenya Ngomano AA was produced by numerous smallholder farmers, all of whom are members of the Ngomano Farmers’ Cooperative Society (FCS) delivering to the Ngomano Coffee Factory, as wet mills are known in Kenya. These farmers all live in the hills around 120 km to the southeast of Nairobi. The region is less well-known for its coffee than nearby Kiambu and Embu, but its high elevation and rolling hills make the land very amenable to the production of excellent beans. The harvest here is earlier than some other regions in Kenya, making it perfect for those who just can’t wait for their Kenyan’s to arrive.
Ngomano Factory is the FCS’s only factory. The name Ngomano comes from the local Kamba tribe word, meaning Junction. The Kamba tribe were well known for long-distance trade and a junction, or Ngomano, would have been a meeting point to conduct trade. Temperatures in the region range from 12 to 25 degrees Celsius year-round, with a bimodal rainfall about 700-1,000 mm per year. The main season for harvest begins in June and continues through August, with the fly crop beginning in October and finishing in December.
The average smallholder farm size is less than 1 hectare, with half an acre planted in coffee for an average of 250 trees per farmer. The majority of farmers keep one or two pigs or cows and some poultry to support their income amongst other cash crops. In addition to providing a second source of income, produce such as maize offers useful by-products like mulch for the coffee trees, locking in moisture on the high-sloped contour farms. Similarly, the primary fertiliser for many farms in the region is manure from livestock, mixed with small amounts of NPK (known as Yara Java).
Oh, and if you're wondering, "What does AA mean?" In Kenya, "AA" is the highest grade and the smallest screen size. It signifies that the bean is denser and has more flavor potential.