Tano Ndogo, Kenya
Tano Ndogo, Kenya
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.
Joseph, Francis and James arealso the brothers of James Kariuki - theowner of Fram Farm - who was crowned winner of the East Africa Taste of Harvest competition in 2017. Not to be outdone, Tano Ndogo won 5th Place in the same competition this year.
We’re super excited about this coffee it’s the first Kenyan coffee we’ve had and it has really stood out for us on the cupping table.
Suitable for - Cafetiere, Filter, Aeropress
Notes / Lychee, Black Currant, Sweet Orange.
Producer / Tano Ndogo
Region / Gitwe, Kiambu County
Altitude / 1850 masl
Variety / SL28 & SL34
Process / Washed
Some notes on this coffee from our Importers
The Nyungwe Washing Station was acquired in 2014 by our sister company, Rwanda Trading Company. This presents us with some exciting opportunities around our abilityto select top quality micro-lot coffees from high altitude communities and even carry out experimental work on processing – perhaps for the creation of honey and natural lots.
Since RTC took on Nyungwe, initial investments have been made in a rebuilding much of the washing station infrastructure with the inclusion of a brand new Penagos eco-pulper which uses 80% less water than the previous machines. Nyungwe washing station currently serves some 546 smallholder coffee farmers who grow bourbon at altitudes of between 1,660 and 2,100 masl. Some farmers are located up to 10km from the station and as such 12 collection points have been established in order to reduce transportation difficulties for the growers. This also protects the quality of the freshly picked cherry by reducing the possibility of fermentation before pulping at the station takes place.
The farmers receive two payments for their coffee; an initial payment when the cherry is delivered, followed by an end of season bonus when a further payment is made depending on the prices that have been achieved for their coffee.