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As a small company, where we spend our money is how we can have the biggest impact. As green coffee is our largest expense, we need to be meticulous in how we choose what to source.
Vava Angwenyi of Vava Coffee - the very first B-Corp in Kenya - helps make our job a lot easier! She helped us source this very special coffee from the Ndaro-Ini Factory. We chatted with Vava to learn more about what drew her to this coffee.
“What attracted me to Ndaro-Ini - I've been there a few times - was the badass women that work in that factory,” shared Vava Angwenyi, the Owner of Vava Coffee and exporter of this Kenyan lot.
“One of the coffee authorities tried to tell them that they couldn't sell their coffee to a specific buyer. And they demonstrated a protest, which in Kikuyu culture, was a really serious protest. They were threatening to take off their clothes on the streets in front of a man - they were trying to send a serious message. And so, we called them the Mama warriors of coffee - because they sent a loud message to the authorities. And they got what they wanted.”
They’re strong in their beliefs and are also exceptionally talented coffee producers.
“They selectively handpick the ripest cherries then deliver them to the factory for processing,” furthered Angwenyi, “the cherries are pulped and fermented for 12-16 hours, then dried slowly and evenly for 14-21 days.”
The impeccable processing creates a cup that is full of tantalizing clean flavours like ruby grapefruit, strawberry yogurt, and raspberry.
Varietal: SL28, Ruiru 11, Batian, SL34
Altitude: 1,600 - 1,800 MASL
Source: Ndaro-ini Factory, Karatina, Kenya
125 gram bag of whole bean coffee.
Will be available for purchase soon (first dibs going to The Roasters Pack subscribers, of course). When it's live - limited quantities will be available.
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