About Rukira Factory


About Rukira Factory

Kenya is well-known for having some of the most thorough at-scale processing anywhere in the world, Rukira Factory is no exception to this rule. Rukira Factory has 700 farmer producers, delivering approximately 250,000 kg of coffee per crop season. According to latest census data approximately 25% of the farmer members at Rukira are women.

Processing & Drying

The coffee at Rukira Factory is wet processed, where the fully ripe cherries are pulped, fermented, and washed. The coffee is sun dried on raised beds slowly over 2- 3 weeks where the moisture content is reduced to 10-12%. Upon drying the coffee is then milled and graded at a separate dry mill by the workers who flawlessly sort the bright white parchment by density.

Rukira Factory Highlights

  • Rukira Factory is based in Central Kenya and lies to the Southern part of Nyeri.
  • It is part of the renowned Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society, the umbrella organization that includes 14,000 farmers.
  • Rukira Factory has 700 farmer producers, delivering approximately 250,000 kg cherries per season.
  • Cupping Notes for this batch: Crisp, Floral Overtones, Notes of Lemongrass

About the Othaya Cooperative

Kenyan coffee is managed by a cooperative production structure in which members vote on representation, marketing, and milling contracts, as well as profit allocation.  Rukira Factory is part of one of the largest coffee cooperatives in Kenya, called the Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society. With 19 separate factories and around 14,000 farmer members across the southern Nyeri area, the cooperative plays central part in fair profit allocation for farmers, where they split the revenue 80-20 in favour of the farmers, with the remaining 20% going to the running of the cooperative.

About Grading

Kenya uses a unique grading name system for its coffee that is linked to the bean size and quality. The most popular grades for export are AA, AB and PB (Peaberry). Peaberry beans are named because a single bean has grown inside of the coffee cherry, instead of the more usual two.

About the Region

Nyeri County

Nyeri is located at the heart of Kenya’s central province, on the foothills of Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak. Coffee grown here benefits from the mineral rich, red volcanic soils that many feel produce some of the greatest coffees in Kenya, if not the world. Nyeri is probably the best-known of the central counties, where the small holder farms are situated in climate friendly, cool high.


Technical Information


Kenya, Nyeri

map Rukira Factory
map Cup Score 88
mapPeaberry Grade
mapSL28, SL34
map1850m - 1900m
map Fair Trade
map Afloat