Coffee was first introduced in to Kenya in 1893, initially with planting at Bura, in Taita county. Over the following 11 years, it was grown in a further 2 locations. With no regulation of coffee, marketing was conducted by individuals or rudimentary institutions until 1933. Following a colonial government white paper in 1923, controlled planting outside of the European settlements, particularly Kisii and Meru was authorized. 1968 saw a coffee berry disease (CBD) epidemic that resulted in Kenya losing 50% of its coffee production. Such a crisis sparked an intensive breeding programme at the Coffee Research Station in Ruiru during the 1970’s. Ruiru 11 was the result of a breeding programme focused on varietals that had an immunity to CBD. The objectives of the breeding were to create a varietal that had high cup quality characteristics, but was compact enough to make it compatible with intensive planting. The result was a complex hybrid that garnered the best attributes from the progenitors, the male parent Ruiru was responsible for the CBD resistance and cup quality. The female, responsible for compactness and additional resistance to leaf rust and CBD. Ruiru 11 relies upon hand pollination for mass propagation, resulting in difficulty producing large volumes of seed to meet farmers demands. Ruiru was finally released in 1985.
Producer: Rumukia Farmers Cooperative Society
Process: Fully Washed
Variety: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11
Tasting notes: Blood Orange, Tangelo, Currant
Recommended for Espresso, Plunger and Filter brewing
Recipe: Espresso: 20g dose, 45g yield in 30 seconds.
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