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Kenya Rukira


There’s nothing like a great Kenyan coffee - intense brightness and fruit, juicy mouthfeel, and big sweetness in a combination that’s pretty much impossible to find anywhere else. Rukira - our second washed Kenya of the 2023 harvest, is exactly what we’re looking for from this unique origin.

Rukira is one of 17 factories (Kenya-speak for washing station) in the larger Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society, and while this is our first time roasting Rukira, we look to the Othaya Cooperative for at least one banger coffee each year. We’re lucky to taste lots from throughout the cooperative, and this year, Ichamama Natural and this delicious washed lot from Rukira were the standouts.

Additionally, the vast majority of our Kenyan coffees come to us through the  Kenyan Cooperative Coffee Exporters (KCCE) network. The Kenyan coffee industry tends to be dominated by a few foreign-owned businesses, and KCCE is a collective of cooperative societies that market and export their coffee together, to keep a bit more of the benefits within Kenya. We enjoy working with KCCE, and we can count on some amazing coffee each year.

Admittedly, Kenyan coffee can be a bit polarizing, especially if you’re adding milk or alt milk into the equation. The intense acidity of the coffee doesn’t pair well with the milk for all taste buds, and while combo might work great for you, our usual recommendations for cream tend to come from Latin America. We’re not saying don’t try it, just that it’s not the safest path. But if you drink that coffee straight and want to get those taste buds watering, Kenya Rukira FTW.

We’re tasting bright pink grapefruit, brown sugar, a stone fruit one-two punch of peach and cherry juice. It’s our second washed Kenya for this season, and it’s big, bright, juicy, and complex, just the way we like it.

*** For roasting schedule, shipping, receiving & additional information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions . And, for a primer on coffee processing, check out our Processing Basics Guide. *** 
Pictured: David, Director of Quality at Othaya FCS, with just a few years of Huck. Rukira Factory with the KCCE and Othaya Teams

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