Kenya - Ruarai - Ruthaka Farmers Cooperative Society - Washed - Filter
2021 was a year that (In our humble opinion), Kenyan coffee was maybe not at it's best. There are years when selection is hard, simply due to how many amazing lots there are on offer. This year it was more a case of lots of underwhelming coffees, with just a few that really stood out as exceptional. This is one of those lots.
Nordic Approach have the experience and reach to find exceptional lots that seem to go beyond what many others can source. This often means that they (and we) pay beyond the market rate for these coffees, but the resulting coffees are not just good, but amazing quality.
Ruarai offers great balance, whilst being both intense, smooth and super clean. It holds lots of layers of flavour, with notes like strawberries, plum and red currants, alongside a brown sugar sweetness. It has a medium body with a present but not overpowering citric acidity.
STRAWBERRY JAM / PLUM / BROWN SUGAR
How you can brew this coffee:
V60, Chemex, Kalita, Syphon, Cafetiere, Aeropress and Drip Machine (Moccamaster, Wilfa Classic etc).
The Ruthaka Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS) is located in Nyeri in Central Kenya with around 600 current members. Nyeri is located on the slopes of Mount Kenya, and together with the neighbouring region Kirinyaga. The FCS is made up of mainly smallholder farms, each with some 100 trees. They are organised in Cooperative Societies that act as umbrella organisations for the factories where the smallholders deliver their coffee cherries for processing.
The Washing Station:
The name Ruarai is taken from the name of the washing station that the coop's coffee cherries are processed in. This is a common occurrence in Kenya, where most small holder farms are not large enough to produce whole lots themselves. So instead the coffee name tends to get taken form the farm name as a collective effort. Ruarai is a Kikuyu name meaning “a place of rocks” due to the rocks in the river that flows alongside the factory. Within the vicinity of the factory, there is the famous Gakindu open-air market, which deals with farm produce and livestock.
Ruarai Factory (washing station) is part of the Ruthaka Farmers Co-operative Society. Ruarai collects cherries from about 600 smallholders with an average of 0,4 hectares of coffees. Their total production is about 280 tons of cherries pr year. Fermentation is done with fresh river water from Ruarai river.
The smallholders mainly have SL 28 and SL 34. Small amounts of other mixed varietals can occur, such as Batian and Ruiru 11.
Ruarai is located near to Nyeri, a town in the region of Central Highlands of Kenya. It is an area long associated with premium coffee farms, known for their intense, complex, and flavour-dense coffees.
The annual average rainfall in the area is 1400 mm. The temperatures are mainly between 14 and 25 celsius. The soils around Mount Kenya are rich, mainly Nitisol, which is developed from volcanic rocks and has better chemical and physical properties than other tropical soils. The main flowerings are in February – March, the main harvest from October to December and the coffees are normally available for purchase between January and April.
- Farmers: Ruarai (Ruthaka Farmers Cooperative Society)
- Varietal: SL 28 and SL 34
- Process: Washed
- Elevation: 1780 MASL
- Weight: 250g / 1KG
- Roast: Filter
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