Kenyan Coffee

The first taste is with our eyes; Latte Art

Latte art has become such an essential part of our coffee experience that we no longer just appreciate but also expect it. For baristas around the world, its emergence has opened an exciting world of artistic expression while presenting a new challenge to keep on creating. The art keeps them interested and competitive with their fellow baristas, a skill they constantly demonstrate through creativity of the design, contrast and its consistent execution across multiple drinks. But latte art has...

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The Elephant in the Room; Kenya’s coffee crisis

Coffee plays a crucial role in the livelihoods of millions of rural households in many developing countries. However, the coffee market continues to be a showcase of the need to address the commodity crisis on both a global and local scale. In Kenya, its production continues to decline despite Government efforts to revive what was once the country’s leading foreign exchange earner. Kenya's coffee currently grows under 114,000 hectares total area, of which about a third (3 300 large-scale coffee...

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A Brief History of the Kenyan Coffee

The origin of coffee is relatively close to Kenya. However, getting it there was a difficult task and full of bloodshed. The coffee was controlled by Arabs who came into the country through coastal trade connections from as early as the 9th century. They enslaved thousands of Kenyans to work on the coffee plantations in both Kenya and Arabia. The British settlers then followed around 1900 and quickly assumed control over the country which led to more bloodshed. The country’s...

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