coffee cherry per year. Coffees delivered to this factory are grown at the foot of Mt. Kenya, which is situated perfectly for incredible coffee with high elevations and its rich, red volcanic soil.
A quick note on size grading in Kenya. Coffees are marketed and sold in specific sizes, measured by the 64th of an inch. This makes for really uniform beans in every lot sold. This lot from Ruarai is distinguished by the AB in it’s name, meaning that the green coffees measure 15-16/64 of an inch.
Ruarai Coffee Factory has made a name for itself in the specialty coffee industry as year after year they produce some really special coffees. This AB lot stood out on the table for us with a profile that was reminiscent of a Washed Ethiopian coffee. The profile is a bit lighter in acidity than typical in Kenyans, with a more pronounced sweetness and overall delicate cup. We get notes of Lemon, Peach, and Black Tea (very common notes for Washed coffees from Yirgacheffe).