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Nguvu is a blend of coffees from smallholder cooperatives in the Murang'a district, in Kenya's Central Province. Our Nguvu comes from Ruthaka Kamuchuni, Ruthaka Mukui, Mwirua Riakiania, Mwirua Kiambwe (the first part of the name is the cooperative and the second part is the factory or mill).

Murang'a is considered the traditional home of the Kikuyu tribe, which currently makes up 22 percent of Kenya's population. The area's beautiful red, loamy soil and startlingly high altitudes contribute to a juicy, berry-forward cup. These coffees are typically grown between 1,350 and 1,800 masl. Very high-quality coffees often derive from small co-ops and may be auctioned as separate lots.

All of Kenya's coffees are graded primarily by screen size (a measure of the size of the bean, with larger being more prized) immediately after milling. The coffees then proceed to the weekly auction at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange. AA is the top grade based on screening. After grading, the quality distinction "Top" or "Plus" indicates that a minimal number of small defects were allowed, as long as they have no effect on the cup.

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Roasts and Ships Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

$23.00 / 12 oz.

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CHARACTERISTICS

ROAST

Medium

BODY

Juicy

ACIDITY

Medium

NOTES

Clementine, Hibiscus, Candied Ginger

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Nguvu is a blend of coffees from smallholder cooperatives in the Murang'a district, in Kenya's Central Province. Our Nguvu comes from Ruthaka Kamuchuni, Ruthaka Mukui, Mwirua Riakiania, Mwirua Kiambwe (the first part of the name is the cooperative and the second part is the factory or mill).

Murang'a is considered the traditional home of the Kikuyu tribe, which currently makes up 22 percent of Kenya's population. The area's beautiful red, loamy soil and startlingly high altitudes contribute to a juicy, berry-forward cup. These coffees are typically grown between 1,350 and 1,800 masl. Very high-quality coffees often derive from small co-ops and may be auctioned as separate lots.

All of Kenya's coffees are graded primarily by screen size (a measure of the size of the bean, with larger being more prized) immediately after milling. The coffees then proceed to the weekly auction at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange. AA is the top grade based on screening. After grading, the quality distinction "Top" or "Plus" indicates that a minimal number of small defects were allowed, as long as they have no effect on the cup.

Roaster Detail

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Estabilished:

2014

Owners:

Keba Konte, Founder

Awards:

2019 Multiple Golden Bean Award Winner

Red Bay Coffee Roasters nominated for Sprudgie Award - most Notable Roaster.

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Oakland's Red Bay Coffee Roasters is committed to sourcing and roasting the highest quality, organic, and sustainable coffees while fostering inclusive and diverse communities that celebrate delicious approaches to living. Red Bay Coffee Roasters delivers the best, most beautiful coffees to those seeking to be a part of an inclusive, diverse global community. Every day we strive to develop beautiful coffees, fair relations, and nurture a passionate approach to living. We focus on creating opportunities within the community at large while fostering direct relationships with coffee farmers around the globe. We believe in the creation of a value chain emphasizing ethics and diversity, not just supply and demand. We see coffee as a vehicle for economic empowerment by hiring the formerly incarcerated, people of color and the disabled and employing innovative profit-sharing programs throughout our company.

From seed to cup, Red Bay Coffee Roasters is devoted to sourcing, developing, roasting and delivering the best and most beautiful coffee to the people. We are dedicated to building genuine relationships with the farmers and cooperatives that harvest and process the highest quality coffees in the world. We meticulously micro-roast small batches to bring out the richness and complexity of flavor in each coffee we serve. We are also passionately devoted to creating a world in which buying sustainable coffee is a vehicle for inclusion, social and economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, innovation, and environmental sustainability.

Red Bay Coffee Oakland is at the forefront of what we believe is the fourth wave of coffee and a firm commitment to ensure coffee production is not only high quality and sustainable, but a vehicle for social and economic empowerment. All of the worlds top producers of coffee are home to black and brown people with rich, deeply rooted coffee cultures. However, when you walk into a mainstream coffee shop, the culture is homogeneous and not reflective of the growers or their cultural heritage. Red Bay Coffee seeks to create unity by hiring people of all backgrounds, striving to create an inclusive experience for buying sustainable coffee. We work to bring in those who have traditionally been left out of the specialty coffee industry, especially people of color, the formerly incarcerated, women and people with disabilities.

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