Kenya Rukira Peaberry
Sweet & Juicy, Complex, Currant, Black Pepper, Cherry
Tasting notes: Sweet & Juicy with a complex acidity and notes of currant, black pepper, and cherry
Farm: Othaya Farmers’ Co-operative Society
Elevation: 5,900 ft
Variety: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, and Batian
Processing: Triple washed, Sun dried
What we know as the coffee “bean” is the seed of the coffee tree, developed inside the berry sized fruit most commonly as one of a pair, each with one flat and one rounded side. The most common mutation in coffee bean morphology is the “peaberry”, the result of only one seed developing in an individual fruit. Peaberries are rounded ovals, with no flat side, and represent 2 to 8 percent of the seeds produced by a given coffee tree. Some origins sort out their peaberry, some leave it mixed in with the flatbean. Some tasters prize the peaberry as having all the plant energy of two seeds packed into one, others dismiss this theory as botanically inaccurate. We can say with certainty that peaberries absorb heat differently than flatbean coffees, their uniformity of size and density allow for a beautifully even roast.
Our Kenya Rukira Peaberry comes to us from family owned farms organized around the Rukira Factory (wet mill) in Nyeri County, Kenya. The Othaya Farmers’ Co-operative Society manages the Rukira Factory, which carefully sorts and processes coffee from members who generally cultivate around 250 coffee trees on small plots. The Cooperative also hosts an educational outreach program for the members, highlighting best agricultural practices as well as new developments in the production of coffee.
Kenya Rukira Peaberry is a big cup that opens with a sweet, malty aroma. As you savor the coffee an intense and complex juiciness takes center stage, featuring lighter notes of citrus interacting with darker toned flavors of currant and black pepper. The extended finish is clean and dry ending with a final note of pie cherry.