Ruthagati is a coffee "factory" located on the slopes of Mount Kenya, within Nyeri County. Factories, are effectively the same as farmer's cooperatives, where several hundred members (in this case, close to 900 women and men) organize around a central milling site where their coffee is processed from whole cherry down to parchment covered seed. Most of the farmers in this region grown SL-28 SL-34, and farm altitude starts around 1700 meters near the station, and topping out much higher. This lot is an AB out turn, a reference to the size of the bean, slightly smaller than the AA out turn.
Complex fruit and spice smells are of note in the dry fragrance, sweet orange peel, cherry, and clove are all intermixed with a compact scent of raw sugar. When brewed Ruthagati has a light to moderate body & mouthfeel with a complex structured acidity. The flavor profile is indicative of the SL28 Varietal - black currant and blackberry, although we picked up notes of blueberry on the cupping table too. All these berry notes are underpinned by a deeply rich chocolate flavor that underscores it all! This coffee as a result has a great interplay between tart citrus (think orange that's not quite ripe) and unrefined sweetness. This is classic Kenyan coffee!