Situated on the slope of Mount Kenya, in the Nyeri Region of Kenya, you will find the Ruthagati Washing Station, founded and operated by the Rutuma Cooperative Society. The rich volcanic soil in the area provides an abundance of nutrients to the coffee, contributing to the complex and juicy flavours of the coffee. Smallholders in the surrounding area typically grow SL-28, SL-34, Batian, and Ruiru 11 which they harvest and deliver as ripe cherries to the cooperative. At this point the cherries are taken to be sorted and soaked before a depulper removes the skin and fruit(pulp) and then they are left to ferment in an open air tank overnight. The following morning, workers use fresh water from the nearby Keremia stream to wash the coffees again before moving the coffees to dry on raised beds to sun dry. Even in this final drying step the workers are working hard to produce the best coffee possible by constantly rotating and sorting the drying coffees. The result of all this hard work creates a coffee with a bright acidity, a dense sweetness, and a delicious complexity.