KENYA • NDIMA-INI PB
Ndima-ini embodies all the sweet, juicy and clean flavours that make Kenyan coffees just so ceaselessly wonderful. I sourced two separate bean sizes from the same washing station this harvest (more below) and this PB would be the floral, bright and cooked fruit counterpoint to the AA’s cherry and plum depth. The cup opens with juicy and lush citrus, landing mostly on lime notes. It is not sharp however, think of the creamy zip of a key lime pie. There is an array of floral notes with dominant hibiscus and honeysuckle. The finish mingles rhubarb notes with gooey caramel and sweet toffee.
For this year’s main harvest in Kenya, I worked with Red Fox Merchants to bring in both ‘AA’ and ‘PB’ lots from Ndima-Ini factory or wash station. The letters refer to the size of the bean. At origin, metal sheets with rows of evenly stamped holes separate different sizes of cherries; think of a kid’s brightly coloured shape sorter or a as-seen-on-TV solution to organizing coins. This is the ‘PB’ or peaberry-only lot. Over 90% of coffee blossoms result in two beans, hence the one flat side. However in a world of twins, those only-children are called pea-berries and have a unique round shape.
While we covet peaberries for their exceptional clarity of flavour, it is hard to imagine anything bad comes from Ndima-ini, whose fertile volcanic soil and freshwater streams produce some of the best coffee in the entire Nyeri region. The station sits just north of the town of Karatina and collects beans from 1143 farmers in the area. They employ a 72-hour washing process with a total of three wash cycles following de-pulping. The Ndima-ini factory is one half of the Gakuyu Cooperative Society, which split from the much larger Mathera Cooperative Society in 1996.
Lime, Hibiscus & Rhubarb Cobbler.
Gikuyu Farmers Co-operative Society.
1143 Contributing Smallholder Farms.
SL 28, SL 34, Ruiri 11.
Red Fox Merchants.