February means visiting Kenya and Ethiopia. During this time, you bump into each and every specialty green bean buyer from around the world. Competition for the best cupping microlots is really tough. If you are here at the wrong time you will simply miss out. This year, we were introduced to a private farm owner Mrs. Mary Maina from the Manyeki farm in the Kirinyaga region. Hopefully, she will become our supplier of Kenyan coffees for future years.
Flying from Nairobi to Addis Abeba, the capital of Ethiopia, is quick and easy. Heleanna Georgalis has already prepared samples of new crop lots from Yirgacheffe, Guji and Kaffa for us. Meeting with our good old friend Seife, who has been one of the very first green been suppliers of doubleshot, is never complete without visiting some traditional Ethiopian dancing clubs.
Buying coffees in Africa is always tricky when it comes to planning and logistics. These coffees may be offered by us at any time from May until January. Fortunately, they age really well and usually taste great even a year after harvest.