Word from Laban Njuguna regarding international coffee market

The below sentiments belong to Mr. Laban Njuguna of Zabuni Specialty coffee, I thought to share since they speak to very many people in the coffee sector.

“I would like to share some thoughts based on my experience and understanding of the international coffee market. I will be as brief, factual and honest as possible.

First, I would like to say that the coffee task force did a good job in collecting data from Kenyans and compiling its report. I have read it and it addresses issues arising at origin including issues pertaining to cooperatives, sustainability, price discovery, etc. Having said that, what the report is rather thin on, and why it will fail to transform the coffee sub-sector, is it does not adequately address the solution to the perennial price inadequacies being experienced by farmers in the coffee industry and offering price discovery mechanisms in a sustainable and forward-thinking way that will benefit the farmer.

What the task force is proposing will be very beneficial to the Continue reading “Word from Laban Njuguna regarding international coffee market”

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Lets talk women leadership over a little coffee

It took a while to sink in but it at last did. Ethiopia has created such a mile stone by having their first woman president , something which is not an easy one to achieve ,even in the first world countries,its never a walk in the park. Continue reading “Lets talk women leadership over a little coffee”

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Sights and Sounds from 17th AFCA conference and exhibition in Kigali -Rwanda.

The land of a thousand hills,Rwanda hosted the 17 th Afca conference and exhibition, that was from 13th to 15th Feb 2019.

In the  amazing  convention center which is a real achtecturial piece is where the event took place.

Meeting many people from many diversities of the coffee world was quite awesome not to mention the amazing women in coffee .I hope the women’s breakfast meeting was amazing because for some reason I missed it ! Continue reading “Sights and Sounds from 17th AFCA conference and exhibition in Kigali -Rwanda.”

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Here’s my take

Its lunch hour, I am drinking this steaming hot black coffee listening to UB 40’s Red red wine in this chilly rainy weather …

Moving on swiftly, I cannot say I am an expert in coffee or anything of the sort but I will always voice my thoughts and opinions.

Of late  I have been seeing so many people highlighting the issue of decreasing coffee production in Kenya. task forces have been formed and of the there after resolutions I know not but,

here is the issue, Continue reading “Here’s my take”

Kenya is in SCA board

Catching up with every body else on world coffee news,I am late on this but hey ,Kenya will have two representatives in the Specialty Coffee Association board. I guess inclusivity and diversity comes in small bits and at last it has landed home and with a bang! The two representatives both ladies, Continue reading “Kenya is in SCA board”

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Nyeri international coffee Expo 2018

It was yet another time for Nyeri International Coffee Expo (2018) ,third edition that went down on the 9th and 10th of November 2018. The venue was Whispers ground at the heart of Nyeri town. Unlike last year it attracted more people and I imagine it is due to the proximity of the venue to the town center.

I inquired from the organizer Mr. Laban Dereva on why they decided to pick a name of one county ‘Nyeri’ to brand the event and he Continue reading “Nyeri international coffee Expo 2018”

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Of Coffee in the sunset & human nature

Evening seems to  set in early today. The sun rays form a magnificent pattern in the fading sun sky.

I Might as well get my self a cappuccino (do not tie me to that ,there is room for rephrasing) WE the people are not affected by late night caffeine.

So a cappuccino it is .

It tastes so good, so creamy-sh ,so yummy-ish,so black-ish . Temptation for a second one is looming, but no, I wouldn’t want to start singing along to UB 40’s ‘sins of the fathers’ …at a very late hour while everybody else is in la la la land having sweet dreams or nightmares for the terrorists and thugs and all bad people in general.

(the above italic part was drafted before I had a cappuccino in the evening, mind you I did.Need I tell you that I was the chair person of night runners for the night? I never slept.#lessons)

Let us cross over for a second and  analyse our human nature…

Get a coffee please and lets talk about us humans and our human nature. Mine no milk, just black, its more reflective…(just a normal medium roasted-sticking to the rivers and lakes I’m used to)

…We human beings create problems and then afterwards when things begin going haywire we start looking for ways to solve the same same problems … Continue reading “Of Coffee in the sunset & human nature”

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Marathons and coffee

 

I spent a bit of time watching a repeat of the Amsterdam marathon 2018 edition in which  one Lawrence Cherono retained his last years win for the men marathon with three Ethiopians sweeping the first three spots of the women marathon.As usual it was an ‘East African affair’.

But that was not the interesting part ,no, the interesting part was that in the same marathon ,the Netherlands had its own national marathon. It took me a while contemplating on that. Continue reading “Marathons and coffee”

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International coffee day celebration-How it went down in Kenya

Monday, 1st October 2018 saw the world celebrate the international Coffee Day with the main feature being Women In Coffee and oh,what a great way to celebrate our women in coffee all along the coffee value chain.

Kenya being a producer country held its official celebrations for the day in county number twenty, Kirinyaga County at General Kassam show ground and as with the rest of the world the theme of the day was women in coffee. Continue reading “International coffee day celebration-How it went down in Kenya”

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Perfect coffee world

Since it is hard to get perfect,a near perfect coffee world ought to have ;

Diversity, inclusivity ,equality and GOOD PAY.

Diversity meaning black,white coloured,poor, rich ,educated, uneducated,from whatever region,physically fit or challenged and whatever else you can think of and deem it ‘diverse’ ,all should feel at home when and where coffee is mentioned. Continue reading “Perfect coffee world”

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Nyeri International Coffee Expo- how it went down

The coffee expo was held at Dedan KImathi University (Kamukunji grounds) in Nyeri county and was sponsored by Fair-trade Africa. It all went down on the 23rd and 24th of November 2017.

Among the various stake holders in the coffee sector present was the Alliance of Women in Coffee (AWIC), who had a stand where they were showcasing their work . Their stand had a range of items on display like several blends of coffee, AWIC branded T-shirts , AWIC branded Shirts and sisal bags which could not have come at a better time since the ban of plastic bags recently. Continue reading “Nyeri International Coffee Expo- how it went down”

The coffee woman

As the cock crows early in the morning ,even without looking at her “mulika mwizi phone’ mama Mboi knows it is five in the morning , time for her day to begin . She prepares Mboi and his siblings and sets them off for school. In their patched up otherwise clean uniform that sort of looks like all the colours of the rainbow came in unison to sing the national anthem, Continue reading “The coffee woman”

She is…

The slopes of Mount Kenya, The great Rift Valley and parts of the lower Eastern region of Kenya are some of the major coffee producing zones in the country.

In the vast coffee fields, semi-divided into small portions ,each individually owned by different families ;hard working Kenyans, coffee farmers are tirelessly taking care of their coffee farms. Their hope is that the coffee will fetch better prices “this time round”

Continue reading “She is…”