ORIGIN: NYERI, KENYA
VARIETY: SL28, SL34, RUIRI 11, BATIAN
PROCESS: DOUBLE WASHED
NOTES: RUBY GRAPEFRUIT, LIME, CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The Rutuma Cooperative Society operates several factories around the southern slopes of Mount Kenya, with Ruthagati being one of them. Smallholder famers who deliver ripe cherries to the Ruthagathi factory typically grow SL-28, SL-34, Batian, and Ruiri 11 varieties. The rich volcanic soil in this area provides an abundance of nutrients to the coffee trees, which contributes complex, juicy flavours to the final cup. During harvest, smallholders in the area deliver ripe cherries to the factory. Here, the team sorts the cherries and removes the skin and pulp using a traditional depulper before they undergo a period of overnight fermentation. Fresh water from the Keremia stream is then used to wash the coffees before drying. In the final step, the coffees are placed on raised beds under the sun where they are constantly being sorted and rotated during the drying process. The resulting flavour in this cup is densely sweet, complex, and sparkly.