Tano Dark

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Impressions: dark chocolate, black cherries, raspberry, currant, nougat
Roast degree: 3.5/5
Country: Kenya
Region: Kiambu County
Farmers: Tano N'dogo
Variety: SL-28 (with a small portion being SL-34 and Ruiri)
Process: Washed
Partner importer: Sucafina
Partner exporter: Vava Coffee

This coffee from Tano Ndogo- translates in Swahili to “The Small Five,”- refers to the five producers with small plots of land who process their coffee together. In a country and region predominantly controlled by the large cooperative system, these five farmers have a unique micro cooperative set up.
They are doing amazingly well, and we almost didn't get any from them this year: they have a great relationship with a US based roaster and they usually buy all their production! So enjoy it because it might be our last year bringing it in. (we were lucky to even get some bags ;-) )

We are all about relationship building at Rabbit Hole, and we are so grateful to be working with Vava. You can learn more about her, Kenya and Vava Coffee in her book Coffee Milk Blood.
You can also find the Tano Ndogo as part of our Chocolate Berry blend!
Want to try a lighter version? Check it out here!

In 2009 Vava Angwenyi made the decision to create real change in the Kenyan Coffee industry. Between the challenges of poverty, corruption and fear, she saw smiles. She saw smallholder coffee farmers  that wanted to change their lives but could not get their voices heard.
Vava Specialty Coffee is a social enterprise in Nairobi that seeks to cause positive social and economic disruption within the coffee industry and create sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers.

She recently started the Gentro del Futuro - Lamu project, an organization tackling two problems the coffee industry needs to solve: farmer profitability and the involvement of the next generation of farmers.  You can learn about the project here.
DONATE directly with this link: Gentro Del Futuro - Donation.

Kenyan coffees are almost exclusively roasted pretty lightly in the specialty world, but the chocolaty and caramely sweetness of a darker Kenyan roast is so tasty!

This coffee will satisfy the espresso lovers always frustrated by shots that are often too acidic from lighter Kenyanj roast.
This coffee brings super sweet notes. Dark chocolate, caramel and nougat make the milk pairing delightful.
But the coffee is not close to dark enough to make the beautiful fruity aspect of this coffee disappear. You will find notes of dark cherries, raspberries, cooked peach and currant.

You can expect a thick body and a long aftertaste.
Need to compare it to the lighter version? Check it out here!


Dose Ratio Time
Espresso 18 g 2,1:1 28-32 sec
Espresso with milk 18g 1,9:1 32-35 sec
Americano 18 g 2.1:1 28-34 sec


23 g 15:1 2:45-3:15 min

 Chemex & Batch Brew

40-60 g 14.5:1 3:45-4:30 min

 French Press

18-25 g 14:1 3:30 min steep time

Farmers: Tano Ndogo
Exporter: Vava Coffee
Importer: Sucafina

Price paid by us to Sucafina for the landed coffee to our roastery: 5.95USD/lb for the green coffee + 0,40USD/lb for the shipping from New Jersey.

FOB price: The price paid to Vava Coffee before it departed origin: 5.15USD/lb (minus the importer financing fees)

Farmgate price: 115 Kenyan Chillings (KES) per kg of cherry. This translate to roughly 4,50USD/lb of green coffee.

The national average farmgate price was between 82 and 113 KES per kg of cherries, with the highest recorded transaction at 118KES and the lowest at 10KES. Those stats are mostly for big factories.

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