- October - December
Kenya Ruthaka FCS Ruarai Factory AA 2021
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- 65lb Freshness
- Packed & Sealed
About the Coffee
This coffee was produced by Ruarai Factory, located in Gakindu, Nyeri County. Named for the rock-filled Ruarai River, the Ruarai Factory is part of the Ruthaka Farmers Cooperative which comprises of Ruarai, Kamuchuni, Nduma, Muthuthiini, Mukui, Kibutio and Karaba Factories.
Ruarai has around 600 members with around 250 ha under coffee. The area is approximately 1700 - 1800 meters asl. Farmers benefit from deep red volcanic soils that are rich in organic matter and good rainfall. Farmers generally grow SL34, Ruiru 11 and SL28 varietals.
The ripening of the cherry is closely monitored and when the time is right the red cherry is hand picked early in the morning and carried to the wet mill.
The harvested cherries are splayed out on a patio at the wet mill in the afternoon light, with under ripes, over ripes and any foreign object being removed before the mass of round red cherries are tipped into the hopper above the pulping station.
Clean water (wet processing) from River Ruarai is drawn up and poured into the hopper on top of the heaped cherries, funneling them down through a polished chute into the pulping house where the outer fruit is removed between two rotating abrasive slabs. As the now exposed coffee beans tumble out of the pulper into a channel of water, the floating beans are skimmed off, and the sinking denser beans pass out through a hole in the bottom spilling into the fermentation tanks where they spend the night.
The next day the coffee is handled to see if the sticky, sweet mucilage has broken down, leaving a rough parchment coating, once "the feel" of the coffee meets the wet mill manager's approval, water is poured into the tanks to thoroughly wash the beans.
Once washed, the sluice gates are lifted allowing the coffee to spill out into the washing channels. From there the coffee slides down the gently sloping tiled channel. Wooden shunts are used to repeatedly push the coffee by hand back to the top of the channel. This repeated action separates the denser beans as the lighter beans will race back to the bottom under the force of the gentle current, whilst the denser higher quality beans will idle there way slowly down.
Sun drying of the parchment coffee on raised tables is done under careful supervision. The parchment coffee is covered up whenever there is sign of rain or the sun's rays are too harsh. The coffee is regularly checked for moisture and once it reaches the 10-12% target level, it is bagged up for transport to the dry mill.
Region Nyeri County
Ruthaka FCS, Ruarai Factory
SL34 , SL28, Ruiru 11
October - December