Bright and sparkling, this selection from the Rugi Cooperative boasts a sweet and vibrant acidity like Fruity Pebbles, with notes of Cherry-Cola in the finish.
Rugi Farmers Cooperative Society
SL-28, SL-34, Batian, Ruiru 11
1580 - 1750 Meters
November - December
Fruity Pebbles, Cherry-Cola, Sparkling
Rugi Farmers Cooperative Society consists of the region's best wet mills with names like Mihuti, Igutha, Giathugu, Mweru, Kanyiriri, Gumba, Mutitu, and Karuna contribute to the cooperative since it's founding in 2005. The cooperative's collection zone borders Wajee Nature Park, a bird conservancy with over 10 hectares of unspoiled natural forest. The Wajee Nature Park is home to 126 local species of birds, plus species only known here such as the Hindes Babbler and Side-Striped Jackal. Coffee has intentionally been cultivated around the edges of the park as a buffer, and because of the healthy relationship between the birds and trees.
Of the 300 hundred cooperatives in Kenya, there is a general average between 500,000 to 600,000 smallholder members. Just over 60% of Kenya’s coffee is produced through cooperatives with Estates making up the rest. Typically a smallholder producer typically has a garden-like pot called a ‘shamba’ that holds their coffee, home and whatever animals and crops they grow on their homestead.
We believe the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup. Coffee is our craft, our ritual, our passion. It drives us and inspires us. With this simple truth and responsibility we are bridging the gap from farmlevel to streetlevel.