Washed and dried on traditional drying beds, our Kenya Nyeri Rukira AA is a classic example of a Kenyan coffee: full of berry and dried fruit flavors with an unbelievable complexity. Newton Ndiritu, Rukira Factory Chairman at the time and a pioneer of Specialty Coffee in Kenya, gave us a special tour of their facility back when we began our partnership with this cooperative in 2014. We have bought coffee from Rukira every single year since, strictly trading through the not-for-profit Kenyan Coffee Union's (KCCE) export organization.
Newton and his fellow coop members' attention to detail and deep dedication to craft combine to make this coffee some of the best coffee we know. Learn more about Newton Ndiritu here.
Region: Othaya, Nyeri
Farmer: Smallholder coop members of the Rukira Coop (Othaya Cooperative Society)
Variety: SL 28 & SL 34
We Taste: Papaya, Mango, Jasmine
Roast Level: Light (Agtron: 74)
We visited both the Rukira washing station (“factory”) and
the Othaya Society’s Dry Mill and Cupping lab, hosted throughout by Newton
Ndiritu one of the brightest coffee personalities in Kenya. Newton is both the
factory chairman at the Rukira factory with approximately 560 members and the
chairman of the entire Othaya Society (which comprises about 15,000 farmer
members across several other factories).
Newton has raised the bar for his fellow member farmers at
Rukira in a few ways. By using best-practice pruning methods and appropriate
amounts of fertilizers he’s been able to increase the yield from around 5kg per
tree to around 23 kg per tree, thereby showing a way to make farming coffee
sustainable in the long-term. He’s smoothed the path for construction of the
Othaya society’s own dry mill, which has helped control the quality all the way
to our roastery. The dry mill also includes a state-of-the-art cupping lab, the
best cupping lab our coffee buying team has seen at any society or factory. By
controlling the process and continuously cupping the coffee, Rukira (and some
other factories at Othaya) consistently turn out some of Kenya’s best coffees.
The Rukira AA placed third in the Taste of Harvest competition this year, and
we think you’ll enjoy it tremendously!
Papaya, Mango, Jasmine
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