In Kenya, corruption has often led to farmers being paid very little for coffee that is eventually being sold for very high prices internationally. Sadly, the corruption really takes place at all levels, and rooting out this corruption to pay Kenyan coffee farmers well for their hard work is difficult. Luckily, this year we teamed up with Crop to Cup to feature two really spectacular Kenyan coffees, both of which are traceable back to individual farming communities. This coffee comes from Rukera Research farm, which has quite an interesting story. In the early 20th century, the Colonial British government in Kenya began to invest in coffee research to assure coffee production could continue well into the future. In 1944, the government purchased the Jacaranda Estate, establishing a research center, and in 1949 the government established a neighboring estate for selling coffee commercially to raise funds for research: Rukera. Even through the tumultuous years of Kenya’s independence, Rukera has still been used to fund coffee research in Kenya today. Because of its background, the Rukera farm is operated using only the best agricultural practices available for coffee, which generates the optimal cup quality consistently from year to year. The Coffee Research Institute has helped Kenya continue to be a top contender for specialty coffee worldwide when it comes to quality, and this lot from the Rukera displays nothing but the most complex and exotic flavors to be found in coffee.