- Slope: Rungeto Kii, Kirinyaga District, Kenya
- Geo coordinates: 0°27’02.8 „S, 37°27’27.1 „E
- Altitude: 1.750 m
- Number of coffee farmers: 650
- Processing: washed
- Plant: SL-28, SL-24, Ruiru 11 (Arabica)
Rungeto Co-operative Society – Kii Factory
In Kenya, coffee cooperatives consist of a relatively large number of coffee farmers, so that there are several washing stations or factories within a society or cooperative. The Rungeto cooperative has 3 factories: Kii, Kiangoi and Karimikui. The Kii Factory has 650 members. The coffee is grown here at an altitude of approximately 1,750 meters on rich volcanic soil. The Kenyan soil has a high phosphorus content.
This ensures that the coffees develop a tangy and sparkling acidity, for which experts love them. The farmers here mainly cultivate the Arabica varieties SL-28, SL-32 and Ruiri 11. After the coffee cherries are processed at the washing station, the coffee beans are fermented for 72 hours in a two-stage process. This careful fermentation process removes any pulp from the beans, giving the Kii coffee a particularly clear and delicate aroma. A special feature in Kenya is that the beans are sorted by size before export, with AA being the classification feature for the largest beans.
We have tried different lots from the Kii Factory and decided on this lot in an AA classification, as it scored best in our evaluation criteria.
The new harvest of the Rungeto has arrived. As the Peaberry Edition!
Peaberry is the name given to coffees in which one bean instead of two has grown inside the coffee cherry. This is extremely rare and occurs only in 5 – 10% of the coffee harvest. Peaberries have a more intense taste. The beans are also somewhat rounder than you are used to.