Tag - Coffee

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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The most famous Arabica Coffee varieties

The most famous Arabica coffee varieties (Source: world coffee research organization) Bourbon Bourbon was created on the Island of Bourbon,in the Indian Ocean off the East Coast of Africa,  in the 18th century. It is the other of the two main varieties of Arabica along with Typica.  The variety arrived into Brazil late 19th century and quickly spread around South and Middle America. Bourbon isn’t an extremely productive variety but produces an excellent cup of coffee. Multiple variations have been developed...

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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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The Origin of Coffee; 1

The original home of the coffee plant is Abyssinia, now Ethiopia. Kaffa, the province in the south-western highlands where they first blossomed gave its name to coffee. Although the formal cultivation and use of coffee as a beverage began early in the 9th century, coffee trees grew wild in the forests of Kaffa prior to that. Thus, many people in that region were familiar with the berries and the drink. According to Ethiopia’s ancient history, an Abyssinian goat-herd, Kaldi, who...

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