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Rukera Kenya

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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   Acidity/Structure: 9    Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment: Lavish, captivatingly complex, deeply savory-sweet. Candycap mushroom, lilac, dark chocolate, dried coconut, frankincense in aroma and cup. Structurally, the savory component, which is typically an undertone, occupies the top of the aromatic and flavor range, with deep sweetness (fruit, florals) underneath. The mouthfeel is lively and richly syrupy. The seemingly eternal finish is a quiet mirror of the cup.

The Bottom Line: One of the most striking coffees we’ve tested this year: levitatingly vibrant, profoundly integrated, with savory and sweet in deep harmony — and, paradoxically, both classic and original in its expression of the great Kenya style.

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

Rukera Kenya

Aroma and Flavor notes: 
Floral. Berries. Mulled Wine.
Ruiru. Kiambu County.
Coffee Research Institute at Rukera Farm
SL28. SL34. K7. Ruiru 11. Batian.
Growing elevation: 
1500-1600 Meters

Weight: 12 oz