Kenya Nyeri RukiraThe Westbean Coffee Roasters
Tasting Notes: Cherry, Cranberry, Rum Raisin
Altitude: 1750 masl
Variety: SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11, Batian
About the Coffee:
Excellent Kenya pour over, light roasts show flavors of pomegranate, pink grapefruit and orange, hints of candied citrus and cranberry, with sweet herbs and baking spice in the finish.
About the Farm:
Rukira is a wet mill, what is referred to as a "factory" in Kenya terms. Basically this is where members bring coffee cherry for processing - pulping, fermenting, washing, and drying. It's a cooperative setup where these different stations are aligned with farmer members, and the stations belong to a much larger cooperative society: in this case Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society ("FCS"). Rukira is one of several member stations, and is comprised of over 500 members delivering coffee cherry to the mill. The Othaya FCS started in the mid-1950s, ballooning from 250 original members to 15,000 strong today. Altitude of the washing station is just shy of 1900 meters, and you mostly see SL-28 and SL-34, along with a little Ruiru and Batian cultivars mixed in.
In short, they pick a few of the farmers who consistently deliver top quality coffee and then work with them to employ an added layer of cherry sorting before the coffee is depulped. This way, they are able to pick out any coffee that is visibly outside the color spectrum that would indicate peak ripeness (hence the name, "Red Cherry"!).