Blackberry, raspberry, pomegranate, and citrus, this Kenya is a complex cup in every way. Flavors grow and shift as the cup cools, from jammy fruits, to citric high notes, to tart pomegranate, this coffee has it all in spades. Perhaps best as a brewed cup, and one that will show those who think "coffee is coffee" otherwise. City to Full City.
Rukira is a wet mill, what is referred to as a "factory" in Kenya terms. Basically this is where members bring coffee cherry for processing - pulping, fermenting, washing, and drying. It's a cooperative setup where these different stations are aligned with farmer members, and the stations belong to a much larger cooperative society: in this case Othaya FCS. Rukira is one of several member stations, and is comprised of over 500 members delivering coffee cherry to the mill. Several years back we bought an AB auction lot of Rukira, and we're glad to see it's return. There were about a dozen samples that we cupped at a private event in Seattle, and this PB in my opinion stole the show. Fruited, bright, sweet, juicy - a real stunner Kenya. Seeing that there was only 4 bags available, we're only offering 1 and 2 LB quantities. More Nyeri coffees will be arriving in the coming months, so be on the lookout.
This is our first Nyeri coffee of the year, and the only downside is there's less than 500 LBS! Spiced punch fruit fragrance lingers when grinding the coffee, and the cup is juicy, sweet, and with an array of fruited complexity. The grounds have a candied citrus smell to them, with red raspberry, grape juice, and a sprinkling of baking spices. Hot water builds a sugar browning/orange juice culmination - a sweet and refreshing aroma. Breaking the crust reveals a scent of plum jam and orange marmalade, pectin sweet, and with mace and cardamom spice. The cup is like sweet mixed berry juice - blueberry, raspberry, blackberry - full of flavor and also providing a tartness in acidity. The cooling cup shifts toward pomegranate, along with pink grapefruit and orange juice. The fruits are very sweet and juicy, and seem to change along the way. Much of the jammy fruits alluded to in the aromatics fill out the cup profile, and traces of candied lemon peel and cardamom hang on into the long finish. There is also an element of black tea in the finish that provides a sort of cleansing/tannic mouthfeel. City to Full City will show well, but up to City+ is where you'll see the most complexity. Definitely a cup to serve to those who say, "coffee is just coffee"!