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Kenya: Cupping and Farm Visits 2009

In March 2009, I took a detour to Nairobi, Kenya for cupping and some farm visits in Thika and Nyeri areas. I was already headed to Ethiopia for late February, but had heard that the cop was large and of excellent quality in Kenya, and was told "come right away." Okay, I did, and the resutls were some excellent rounds of cupping and many new contacts. I visited many coffee factories (wet mills) where we have already bought: Karagoto, Ndaroini, Kiawamururu, Tegu, Kangocho and more. I also learned more about the coffee "societies", what they call a cooperative. Each cooperative is organized into districts, each with their own "factory". Coops can take a maximum of 20% of the proceeds a lot makes in the Kenya auction, or from a direct "Second Harvest" purchase that circumvents the auction. I especially enjoyed the time I had cupping at the mill in Nyeri, and visiting the coffee shambas, the small farms of coop members. The amount of cupping they do here is staggering. Nothing compares. An auction can have 650 lots a week. Each are cupped twice, plus they cup all the Tanzania coffes here, another 600, twice, plus re-cups of anything they are interested in bidding on. Extra focus is put on coffees from the related company, Central Kenya Coffee Mill, so those get re-cupped more. The average number of weekly samples cupped at C. Dorman during the auction season is 3,000! There is a lot of work behind Kenya coffee for sure. And we are hoping to take it to a new level this next year, with many of our lots coming in vacuum pack to ensure highest quality with no flavor loss in transit. Here are the pictures from the trip ...

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Tim Wendelboe, Peter DuPont, Bridget and Tom
Tim Wendelboe, Peter DuPont, Bridget and Tom
Thompson Owen in the cupping room of the exporter
Thompson Owen in the cupping room of the exporter
Cleaning the cups
Cleaning the cups
Bridget Carrington, cupper and coffee trader shows us their scoring system
Bridget Carrington, cupper and coffee trader shows us their scoring system
Staggering amounts of coffee - we did 3 sets like this!
Staggering amounts of coffee - we did 3 sets like this!
Sample roasting like mad
Sample roasting like mad
The sample room
The sample room
Peter and Tim, from the North
Peter and Tim, from the North
Pouring the water for cupping
Pouring the water for cupping
Bridget Carrington in action
Bridget Carrington in action
Kennedy and Tom, cuppers in Nairobi
Kennedy and Tom, cuppers in Nairobi
Stacking up the samples
Stacking up the samples
Detail of the sample tins
Detail of the sample tins
More sample tins
More sample tins
Part of the sample shelving
Part of the sample shelving
About 6 workers just for the liquoring department
About 6 workers just for the liquoring department
Grinding samples in the Mahlkonig
Grinding samples in the Mahlkonig
Arabic coffee service set at the exporter office
Arabic coffee service set at the exporter office
Sample coffee roaster in action - 5 barrel Probat electric
Sample coffee roaster in action - 5 barrel Probat electric
Tom grading the green samples
Tom grading the green samples
Jeremy Bloch, the head of the office at C. Dorman
Jeremy Bloch, the head of the office at C. Dorman
Bridget, with Jeremy Bloch in the background
Bridget, with Jeremy Bloch in the background
Bobs Ladies Hotel
Bobs Ladies Hotel
Glory truck driving school
Glory truck driving school
Oil Libya, NOT in the United States
Oil Libya, NOT in the United States
Gods promise is "please don't rearend me!"
Gods promise is "please don't rearend me!"
Super cool airbrush
Super cool airbrush
Ponchos and Masai Chukas, in Ruiru
Ponchos and Masai Chukas, in Ruiru
Packed with passion?
Packed with passion?
Yadini Coffee Estate Old SL 28 Trees
Yadini Coffee Estate Old SL 28 Trees

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