Kenya Peaberry - Ruera Estate (2022 Crop)

Pink lemonade, rhubarb, blackberry
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Bag Weight 30 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
Status Spot
Lot Number P609120-7
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About This Coffee

Ruera Estate provides employment to 1,000 people picking and processing coffee on nearly 500 acres of land in Kiambu County, Juja Sub County. It is approximately 15 km from Ruiru town along Kiganjo road. Soils are red volcanic, with the landscape sloping gradually amidst low-lying hills rising above 1,500 meters. The area has two rainy seasons: March to May and October to December; with two corresponding harvest seasons: May to June and November to December. Irrigation of coffee is carried out during the alternate dry seasons. 

Country of Origin Kenya
Harvest Season 2021/22
Coffee Grade KEN CA WA PB
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety Batian, K7, Ruiru 11, SL28
Region Kiambu
Farm Name Ruera
Growing Altitude 1300m
Soil Red Volcanic Soil

History of Coffee in Kenya

It seems likely that coffee grew wild within the region that would become Kenya, buried deep inside impenetrable forests, or perhaps hiding in plain site; but it wasn’t until 1895 that missionaries both protestant and catholic attempted to grow coffee for commercial purposes. The 100 seeds from Reunion Island that would serve as progenitors to the Kenyan coffee industry arrived on a train, carried by priests belonging to an order known as “Holy Ghost Fathers.” On August 12th, 1899, they arrived at the spot that would quickly become the country’s capital city. One of the early protestant medical missionaries was Dr. Henry Scott. After his death in 1911, a new hospital complex was named after Dr. Scott and when the department of agriculture took over the complex in 1923 they kept the name: Scott Agricultural Laboratories, or “Scott Labs.” This is the origin of the “SL” in SL28 and other coffee varieties selected at the lab. 

Growing Coffee in Kenya

Coffee is grown through the highland regions of Kenya, including Kisii, Nyanza, and Bungoma in the west; Nakuru and Kericho in the Great Rift Valley; Machakos, Embu, and Meru to the east of Mt. Kenya; and the Taita hills near the coast. The largest and oldest coffee growing areas are the central highlands, particularly Nyeri, sandwiched between the foothills of Mt Kenya to the east and the Aberdare mountain range to the west. Most coffee in Kenya is grown between 4,500 and 6,500 feet. Nearly all of Kenya’s 700,000 coffee producers are small land holders belonging to cooperatives. Most common varieties in Kenya are Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34, and K7. SL34 and K7 were developed from heirloom bourbon known as “French Mission,” which was the primary variety grown prior to the 1930’s that can still be found today, as can Blue Mountain on some farms. Kenyan coffees are graded by screen size and while there are several grades, specialty coffee is AA, AB, or PB (peaberry), used in combination with quality grade FAQ or FAQ Plus (Fair Average Quality). 

  • Status Spot
  • Region Kiambu
  • Farm Name Ruera
  • Processing Washed
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Batian, K7, Ruiru 11, SL28
  • Coffee Grade KEN CA WA PB
  • Growing Altitude 1300m
  • Country of Origin Kenya
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
  • Soil Red Volcanic Soil
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  • CTRM Contract Number P609120-7