An Update On The Looming Coffee Crisis In Nyeri, Kenya

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As widely reported last week, all is not well for the coffee growing region of Nyeri in Kenya. Governor Nderitu Gachagua has issued an order to mill and sell all of Nyeri’s coffee in Sagana, a town in the Kiryinyaga District, effectively shutting other mills down. This raises serious questions about the potential for decreasing coffee traceability … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of January 18th, 2014

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The Big Eastern Barista Championship is in full swing this weekend in Durham, NC—and while coffee professionals from all over the country participate in the festivities, we’ve got you covered here on Sprudge with all the latest coffee news and links. Big Eastern! Sprudge is on site in Durham to bring you up-to-the-minute coverage of the … [Read more...]

An Escalation Of Coffee Politics Threatens Kenyan Specialty Coffee

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As coffees from Kenya's main harvest are being readied for export, the governor of Nyeri, one of Kenya's premiere coffee counties, is making sweeping changes to the way it trades its coffee. Governor Nderitu Gachagua has issued an order to mill and sell all of Nyeri's coffee in Sagana, a town in the Kiryinyaga District, effectively shutting other … [Read more...]

Source Sartorial: The Western Barista Champion Look Book

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The 2012/2013 cycle United States Regional Barista Champions and World Barista Champion are in Kenya with Cafe Imports. We followed these fashionable baristas around stunning century-old French Mission Bourbon coffee at Chania Estate in Thika. Get their look. Eden-Marie Abramowicz, 2012/13 Southwest Barista Champion (Intelligentsia … [Read more...]

Source Sartorial: The Eastern Barista Champion Look Book

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The 2012/2013 cycle United States Regional Barista Champions and World Barista Champion are in Kenya with Cafe Imports. We followed these fashionable baristas around stunning century-old French Mission Bourbon coffee at Chania Estate in Thika. Get their look. Sam Lewontin, 2012/13 North East Barista Champion (Everyman Espresso) Levis … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of September 14th, 2013

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  If you're anything like me, you've spent the last week glued to the Sprudge.com home page clicking "refresh." It's been a week packed full of incredible content from all over the world—from high-end coffee developments in Vietnam to a parade of photos of the brand new Stumptown LA. In case you missed it, here's what's happened in the … [Read more...]

[Video] Kenya’s Dormans – The Coffee Export Experts

Because you need to watch a coffee video today, here's a great one from Dormans, a premiere coffee trading company based in Kenya. The video was created by What Took You So Long?, a fascinating "guerilla filmmaking" outfit whose travels have taken them "from Mauritania to Mongolia, through Papua New Guinea, and with a detour to Central America." … [Read more...]

Cafe Imports 2013 USBC Origin Trip Headed To Kenya!

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Exciting news out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where our friends and partners at Cafe Imports have announced that Kenya will be the destination for the company's 2013 USBC Origin Trip. Cafe Imports will host all 6 United States regional barista champs, the USBC champ, and the winner of the 2013 World Barista Championship in Melbourne. Sprudge.com … [Read more...]

“Women’s handprints can be found at every point in coffee…”

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Allison Aubrey writes for NPR's The Salt blog, who today published this feature on four East African coffee producers visiting DC as part of a trip funded by the International Women's Coffee Alliance and the International Trade Centre's Women in Coffee Project. The four women are representatives of Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya, and their … [Read more...]

Chicago: Kenya Dig It? Here’s The Deets!

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Friends! Romans! Upper Midwesterners! On Thursday, October 25th we're going to be throwing our sixth in an ongoing series of public cupping parties at the Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea 1871 Coffeebar (222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212). We'll be cupping a delicious table of coffees from the nation of Kenya - home to some of the most … [Read more...]

“Now we can live like humans.”

Some good news out of coffee producing regions in Kenya this week. In Kenya's coffee growing area of Komothai, record prices at auction have farmers dreaming of a better future and driving to improve their crop. Record high commodity prices have rattled finance ministeries [sic] in the West, but poor growers see things differently -- … [Read more...]

You Gaturiri Watch This New Stumptown Origin Video

Everything depends on coffee here. Shot in November 2010, the newest Stumptown origin video from Nyeri, Kenya is aesthetically gorgeous, challenging and artful, exactly the sort of short filmmaking we love. Filmed in and around the Ngunguru and Gaturiri washing stations, it gives us a glimpse into the world of Kenyan washed coffees with … [Read more...]