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Rukera Espresso

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This exceptional coffee was produced at the historic Rukera Farm, which is owned and operated by Kenya's Coffee Research Institute (CRI). As Kenya's primary agricultural body, CRI dates back to the early 1900's and has been instrumental in the development of some of the world's most celebrated coffees. And CRI continues to produce some of the best coffee Kenya has to offer today. Needeless to say, all the agricultural activities executed on CRI farms-from pruning to fertilization to picking to processing-are upmost in "best practice." In addition to its historic achievements, CRI is instrumental today in coffee research, education and training through out the country.

This exceptional lot of coffee from CRI scored an outstanding 97 points at the Coffee Review. A unique blend of all of Kenya's celebrated varietals-SL28, SL34, K7, Ruiru 11, and Batain-this coffee is at once representative of all that is beautiful about a good Kenyan coffee while also presenting a unique (and highly complex) take on that classic winey and berry profile.

Coffee Review

97 pts      Aroma: 10     Body: 9    Flavor: 10    Aftertaste: 9   With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Exquisitely aromatic: high-toned, savory and impossibly floral. Toffee, dried black currant, myrrh, lavender, fine musk in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel; big, complex finish that is equal parts sweet and savory. In cappuccino-scaled milk, a whole new mid-palate is created, something akin to a mushroom custard.

The Bottom Line: An espresso whose expression in the straight shot is classic Kenya in a dance of vibrant sweet and savory and shimmering aromatic complexity; in milk, it’s an almost addictive fine dessert with an umami edge.

Review by Kenneth Davids, Coffee Review, July 2019. Review at Coffee Review.

Rukera Espresso

Aroma and Flavor notes: 
Lavender. Black Currant. Berries.
Ruiru. Kiambu County.
Coffee Research Institute at Rukera Farm
SL28. SL34. K7. Ruiru 11. Batian.
Growing elevation: 
1500-1600 Meters
Washed. Dried on Raised Beds.

Weight: 12 oz