Ngugu Ini AA
|ORIGIN||Ngugu-ini Factory (washing station) in Kirinyaga, Kenya Kibirigwi Farmers’ Cooperative Society|
|VARIETY||Ruiru 11, SL-28, and SL-34 varieties|
|TASTES LIKE||Blood Orange, Hibiscus, Refined Sugar|
Roasted one business day after order.
This is yet another one of the coffees Jason Silberschlag and I (Paul Haworth) discovered while on our trip to Kenya in early 2018. This coffee was produced by numerous smallholder farmers, all of whom are members of the Kibirigwi Farmers’ Co-operative Society (FCS), located within Kenya’s Kirinyaga County. After encountering this show stopper on the table, we were thrilled to find that this lot was the ideal size for a Cartel offering.
Kirinyaga is famous for its coffee, and Ngugu-ini lies very close to the coffee-famous region of Nyeri, as well. The credentials of the location are indisputable. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that Ngugu-ini bears its own great reputation for being an exceptional factory. They have won multiple awards for various lots over the years and are widely recognized as ‘one to watch’ when it comes to the best of Kenya’s new crop coffees.
In addition to the wide-spread SL28 and SL34, this lot contains some Ruiru 11 (2% or less). Ruiru 11 is named for the station at Ruiru, Kenya where it was developed in the '70s and released in 1986. Over the last decade, Ruiru 11 has become almost as ubiquitous as the SL varieties, due to its resistance to Coffee Berry Disease and Coffee Leaf Rust. The variety has been backcrossed with SL28 and SL34 to ensure high cup quality.
We know this is going to be a tricky one to pronounce. We will only have one Kenya at a time, so it’s probably ok to just call it the ‘Kenya’ to make it easier on struggling customers. But with a little practice, it really isn’t too hard to say. “Nn-goo-goo-eee-knee.” Try it. The coffee and the name.