Breathe...calm down, it about to be that time. Fresh harvests from East Africa are finally clearing customs. From now until September all our hard work over the winter will pay off as coffees start to arrive. Our first Kenya offering this year is the Rutuma! Hailing from the famous Nyeri region, this coffee boasts of everything you want: pink grapefruit, black currant, and complex sugars. Acidity and sweetness shine in this coffee, and we love it!
Our Kenya Rutuma is sourced from family-owned farms located on the southeastern slopes of the Aberdares mountain ranges in Nyeri County, Kenya. Farmers deliver their harvested cherry to be processed at the Ndaro-Ini Factory (wet mill), which is managed by the Gikanda Farmers Co-operative Society. Cooperative members generally cultivate around 250 coffee trees on half-acre plots intercropped with bananas, grevillea, and macadamia trees.
This coffee is a fully washed process coffee but instead of using the traditional washing process they use their own process, the Kenya process. In the Kenya process, first the cherries are sorted, and underripe/overripe cherries are removed. Once the sorting is finished the coffee is then de-pulped. This is done by squeezing the cherry through a screen and removing the fruit and skin from the bean. The coffee is then left to ferment in white ceramic tiled tanks for 24 hours. Next, the coffee is stirred for a short amount of time and left to ferment for another 24 hours. After two days of dry fermentation, the coffee is washed with fresh water, removing the sticky mucilage attached to the beans that is loosened by bacteria during the fermentation. It’s then soaked in water to ferment overnight slightly. The coffee goes through sorting and density channels which separates the lots, and then it is taken to raised beds to dry. Once it reaches 11.5-12% moisture content, the coffee is brought to conditioning bins to rest until it goes to the dry mill.
- Roast: light
- Acidity: bright
- Body: juicy
- Taste Notes: pink grapefruit, burnt sugar, black currant, bright & juicy
- Process: washed
- Origin: Nyeri County, Kenya
- Varietal: SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11
- Altitude: 2,100 masl