The idea has been growing in our minds for some time now … and after two years of roasting coffee for experimentation (and fun!), we finally took the leap and set up our very own roastery.
This December we are finally ready to give you a sneak peek of things to come with the Specialty Selection Box. A collection of two very special coffees with completely opposite characters. We roast them carefully and pack them in a stylish gift box. Just in time for Christmas!
Two regions, two characters
From our green bean line-up we picked two of our favorites: a not ordinary natural Colombian microlot and an exciting and enticing washed Kenyan coffee. Two characters, two origins, two stories about the origin that convinced us to include these beans in our coffee Christmas special.
Colombia La Marianela Microlot
Roasters verdict: A well balanced, clean, sweet coffee with clear and well integrated flavors.
Variety: Caturra, Catimor
Process: Natural/Sun Dried
Score: 84.0 points
Altitude range: 1650m - 1800m
Aroma: Very intense aroma when dry and at break.
Flavors: Red fruit, cherry, rum, fermented cocoa, tropical fruit.
Acidity: Medium malic.
Body: Medium coating.
Each person that purchases this coffee is providing a helping hand to those with the lowest working opportunities of the “Popayán Plateau”. This area is located in Colombia between the volcanic mountains of Coconuncos and the Nevado del Huila. It has been showered for centuries with the ashes of these volcanoes, making its soil perfect for the growth of a unique single origin coffee with all the characteristics that make it a top quality Colombian specialty coffee.
La Marianela estate is located in this privileged zone, extending its lands and plantations through 150 hectars and between 1650 – 1800 m.a.s.l. thus creating a perfect environment for the production of coffee, with all the characteristics that make it a top quality Colombian specialty bean. As if this were not enough, La Marianela estate is covered with pure water springs and crossed by dazzling creeks. This has not only been beneficial for the crops, but it has also created ecological corridors that have allowed the growth.
Kenya Ndaroini AB
Roasters verdict: A mystery of complex, vibrant and smooth flavors.
Variety: SL28, SL34
Score: 88.0 points
Altitude range: 1800m
Aroma: Long and complex berry-tinted aftertaste.
Flavors: Lemon, brown sugar, tabacco, mango, vanilla, nutmeg, blackberry, custard
Acidity: Vibrant citric, malic and phosphoric acidity.
Body: Juicy and creamy body.
In Swahili language, Ndaroini is a place where people can rest overnight. This name applied to the Ndaroini smallholders that traveled long distances to deliver their cherries to the neighboring washing station Gichathaini. After a day’s work, they returned to the colonial camps – just a stone’s throw from today’s Ndaroini factory. By the year 1981, the farmers were very frustrated with traveling very long distances to deliver their cherries to the neighboring washing station. They proposed to build a new washing station that was closer to home. The farmers and members of Gichathaini were opposed to the construction of a new station and hindered them in all possible ways.
However, through the leadership of their chairmen – the late Geoffrey Mugetha and Muthoni Maathai – and the persistent spirit of the Ndaroini people, the government allocated a community land measuring 2.5 acres and granted them the right to build a new station. Ndaroini washing station started production in 1984.
The people of Ndaroini have always had a knack for innovation. In 2018, during several field trips, Menno Simons (founder of Trabocca) started to investigate why coffee quality and volumes from Kenya seemed to disappoint year after year. He encountered the people of Ndaroini that clearly expressed their frustration with the current system. They were eager to change their course when Menno revealed Trabocca’s intentions of setting up a new supply chain.
Together with Ndaroini Coffee Ltd. Trabocca started a new movement that seeks to award the hardest working people in the industry: the smallholders. Instead of paying 55 to 82 Kenyan shilling per kilo cherries – as reported by the Daily Nation as an industry standard, Trabocca pays Ksh 100 per kg ofcherries and an additional 21 to the factory for quality improvements.
The payment for this year's crop has been made in February 2019, giving smallholders the opportunity to invest in their plots before the harvest starts again in October.