A bright coffee, especially in the lighter roasts, with unique sweet fruit notes at City+ roast. Sharp, spicey accents of white pepper and cinnamon, lemon drop sweetness, mandarin orange, strawberry-rhubarb. At Full City, plum and dark currant layers of fruit, snappy citrusy alto note, pepper, clove. City+ to Full City roast.
City+ to Full City. This coffee is bright and requires some development immediately after 1st crack to balanced acidity and roast flavor. But darker levels tend to mute the wonderful fruit and spice too much.
Riuki is part of the Nyakiri Coffee Farmers Co-op. Society in Kiambu district of Kenya. We weren't able to visit Riuki or Nyariki when we were last in Kiambu, but have seen the nearby coops. This area is old coffee farming land, not far from Nairobi, which is why it is dominated by large coffee estates. Many of the estates here are held by multi-nationals and farm coffee using agribusiness techniques with an eye toward yield. Traveling through Kiambu on the way to Kirinyaga or Nyeri, you see these massive treeless coffee estates. It is a striking contrast to the small-holder farms with perhaps 200-500 coffee trees, and a small family compound with a house and outbuilding, chickens, vegetable gardens, a cow. It's not about a rustic ideal, but that a small-holder farmer in Kenya cares for trees in a much different way that the large Estates with large crew of hired labor. The Kenya coop farmer lives with their coffee trees. And that is why having a cooperative of small-holder farmers in the midst of Kiambu is special, and offers the members some better options than simply selling their coffee cherry to a mill at the day's going rate. This lot has a malty sweet scent in the dry fragrance, and the wet aroma has fruit juice notes, a bit of peach and apricot in the light roast. Ruiki Peaberry is certainly a bright coffee, especially in the unfettered lighter roast levels of City to City+ where the brightness has an electric fuzz tone quality to it. It has a sharp spicy accent, white pepper and cinnamon, lemon drop sweetness, and mandarin orange with a little strawberry-rhubarb. At Full City, there are plum and dark currant layers of fruit, behind a snappy citrusy alto note. There's a bit of pepper and a trace of clove in darker roast levels as well. The finish has a black tea tannic dryness when the roast is fresh, which tones down after several days of post-roast rest. In fact, after 5 days we re-cupped and had sweet grape/black currant jam sweetness in the finish, a classic Kenya mark of quality.