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We share a soft spot with our friends at Origin Coffee Roasting for Kenyan coffee. The best of the country's crops are fruity, bold, bright & simply delicious. This one is an AB lot. That isn't a quality grade, but rather a screen size - in other words, it's a lot of slightly smaller beans than their AA brethren. While AAs often take top billing, many ABs have wonderful profiles to offer, and we tend to find that this includes a more subtle level of acidity.
Back in 2019, at the inaugural (and yet to be repeated) Cape Town Coffee Festival, we had the opportunity to taste this coffee's predecessor. Also an AB lot, it was without a doubt, one of the two that stood out from a whole table of delicious African beans.
This year, we've already seen a AA Ruchu lot come and go (quickly) which we and our customers thoroughly enjoyed, and so we're very excited to have the latest AB lot to share with you.
Phaedon's tasting notes
When cupping this coffee it brought back quite fond memories of the lovely Ruchu AB we tasted a couple of years ago, but it is also a bit different. That coffee was much more bright and tropical in its flavour notes, but this one is more of the dark berry variety. Specifically, I find blackberry and blackcurrant notes in the cupping bowl, with a reminder of Ribena cordial when it has cooled.
Like its predecessor, this coffee also has a well-integrated rather than an overwhelming acidity, making it quite a pleasure to drink. It's sweet, but it's also quite balanced. It made a stunning pour-over, and I expect it will shine in most manual brew methods.
- Flavour notes: Warming red wine, stewed berries, dark chocolate, pomegranate finish, rich & even more elegant than the AA
- Body: Medium, round
- Roast: Light-Medium
- Acidity: Well balance for a Kenyan coffee, baked peach
- At its best: Pour-Over, Siphon, Plunger, Espresso + Milk-based
- Owner: Approx. 700 smallholders of the Ruchu Gacharage Farmers Co-Operative Society
- Varietals: SL28 & SL34
- Processing: Fully washed & sun-dried on raised beds
- Altitude: 1,700-1,800 masl
- Region: Kandara, Murang’a County, Central Province
- Country: Kenya