Coffee Of The Month: Kenyan Rugeju

A bit later than normal means this wonderful coffee is nearly gone and time is running out for you to get your hands on it.

At Stewarts we’ve always loved Kenyan coffee with ‘Blue Mountain’ a regular in our roastery so when we got the chance to grab a bag of the wonderful Kenya Rugeju Primary Coop AA we jumped at the chance.

This washed, single origin coffee with aromas of almond, mild sweetness and body. Taste wise, you should be getting treacle, blackcurrant & passionfruit.

Rugeju Coffee Factory is located in Eastern Province, South Imenti District in Mikumbune location of Nkuene Division near Nkubu town. It was established in 1970’s and rests on a 5 acres piece of land serving Rugeju, Kumbuku and Ntimetekia Villages. Currently it is affiliated to Mikumbune Farmers Co-operative Society. Its membership currently stands at 520 of which 400 are active farmers while 120 are inactive farmers. The most unique aspect of this factory is that it is located within tea growing zones.

After harvesting all the coffee is delivered to the factory and undergoes the wet processing method. Water is pumped from River Katharu to the reservoir tanks for pulping and recirculation. After pulping the coffee is stored over night, washed, soaked and spread on the drying tables. The parchment is then frequently turned on the drying tables, sorted and stored awaiting delivery to the millers who are also the marketing agent-KPCU. To ensure that the processing is carried out efficiently the factory has invested in a pulper, a recirculation system and about 16 conditioning bins.

The factory lies about 1689m, Accuracy of 10m, Location (00 04.702s, 037 37.931E). The soil is red. The area experiences high bimodal rainfall of about 1400mm p.a. with temperatures ranging between 13-25 degrees Celsius. The long rains fall between March-May while the short rains come between October and December.

If you want to get your hands on this coffee then do not hesitate and get signed up to our amazing Coffee Lounge below:

Around 9.30/10am thats my favourite time of the day, its time for my first cup of coffee (a cuppa tea is the first drink of the day!). Its time to go into the roaster and peruse the coffees that i have roasted in the past couple of days and take my pick. A strong, full bodied latte will do the trick at this time of day.

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