Bolt Coffee
Kenya Ndiaini AA

Roaster Location: Flag of United States Providence, Rhode Island


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Roast Level: Light
Bean Source Country: Kenya
Bean Source Region: Nyeri
Varietal: Baitan, Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34
Process: Washed

"Ndiaini," meaning "the deepest part of a river," is the name of a cooperative where members have been delivering their coffee since 1969. The cooperative comprises approximately 1,200 registered farmers, with 400 actively contributing to the washing station. The coffee undergoes a 12-24 hour fermentation process and is then dried on raised beds. This coffee is known for its beautifully round and delicious taste, featuring notes of fresh plum, kiwi, and rose water-like florals, especially as it cools. It makes an excellent, bright filter coffee or a delightful espresso, offering great depth and dimension.

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3 ratings
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Latest Reviews and Tasting Notes

  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    1085 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.00 - Aroma

    4.50 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    Kenyan coffee has been exceptional this year, and this Bolt roast fits the bill.

    This coffee is relatively unassuming on the nose, yet it delivers a delightful and multifaceted taste. It is a testament to the outstanding quality of Kenyan coffee we've seen from the region this year.

    It offers a well-structured and delicious experience with bright acidity. Prominent flavors of plum and black tea create a rich and satisfying profile, while delicate notes of hibiscus provide subtle complexity at the end. Aligns pretty closely with Bolt's tasting notes!

    Cupping Method:Pourover 203F (may update as I continue to try), 15g in 225g out.

    3 months ago · See more from Ted
  • Scott Greenaway

    133 roasts rated, avg score of 4.25

    4.00 - Average

    4.00 - Aroma

    4.00 - Finish

    4.00 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    4.00 - Balance

    A lighter roast with with a lighter flavor tilting towards tart pineapple, accompanying a nice acidic bloom with a hint of black tea.

    Cupping Method:Moka espresso, cream with no sweetener

    1 month ago · See more from Scott
  • Emily Schadler

    93 roasts rated, avg score of 4.24

    4.00 - Average

    I could definitely taste the black tea in this roast. It made a nice morning cup that I'd happily drink again.

    Cupping Method:Pour over

    4 weeks ago · See more from Emily

More Details

Roast Level: Light
Light roast coffee is a delicately roasted coffee that retains more of the beans' natural flavors and characteristics. Light-roasted coffees have bright acidity, complex fruit, and floral notes. Light roast coffee does not have less caffeine than darker roasts because caffeine levels remain stable during roasting.
Bean Source Country: Kenya
Famed for its bold, bright acidity and fruity, wine-like flavors, Kenyan coffee often features blackcurrant, citrus, and tropical fruit notes. The high elevations, volcanic soil, and meticulous processing techniques contribute to the consistent, high-quality beans, with SL28 and SL34 among the most esteemed varieties.
Bean Source Region: Nyeri
Specialty coffee from Nyeri, a region in the central highlands of Kenya, is highly prized for its bright acidity, complex flavor profile, and rich body. The coffee is often grown at 1,500 to 2,100 meters above sea level, benefiting from volcanic soil and a climate marked by adequate rainfall and moderate temperatures. These factors contribute to the development of coffee cherries rich in sugars and acids, creating a cup that often exhibits notes of blackcurrant, citrus, and tropical fruit, layered with subtle floral and tea-like undertones.

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