We're Hiring:PR and Marketing Assistant

Kenya Coffee Traders Association seeks a highly motivated individual to join us as a PR and Marketing Assistant.Background in coffee is a definate plus, but not required.
This position requires a proactive individual who exhibits attention to detail,creativity,exceptional communication,research and social skills.
Applicants should be proficient in writing,editing and proofreading articles.
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Kenyan Barista Champ Heads to South Korea

The Kenya National Barista Championship 14th Edition took place on 27th July and 28th July 2017 at the Junction Mall, Ngong Road. The competition was over seen by a World Barista Championship (WBC) Certified Judge Teija Lublinkhof (Head Judge). There were over 30 volunteer judges from the coffee industry who assisted the head judge in selecting the best Barista.
The event attracted over 1000 spectators in the two days and received wide mainstream and social media coverage. The Winner Martin Shabaya [Art Cafe'] will represent Kenya at the World Barista Championships in South Korea in November 2017.

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A Drying Climate Threatens Africa's Coffee, But Hope Remains

Uganda historically has two rainy seasons, from March through May and from October through December. Small farms in East Africa, like Massa’s, are almost exclusively without irrigation, meaning that reliable rainfall is a prerequisite to produce crops, including coffee.
But in 2016, Massa’s area received almost no rain during the second season, and when it came time to harvest coffee in January, the yield was very poor. This was no freak accident, he says: In the last few years, the weather has been all wrong.

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The Rainforest Alliance and UTZ to Merge, Forming New, Stronger Organization

The Rainforest Alliance and UTZ, two of the world’s leading sustainability certification organizations, have announced their intention to merge later this year.
The new organization, to be named the Rainforest Alliance, will tackle environmental and social issues around the world, including climate change, deforestation, poverty, and unsustainable farming. It will create a single global certification standard that will simplify certification for farmers and empower companies to build more responsible supply chains, more efficiently.
It will also work to expand advocacy efforts and through new partnerships ensure conservation of entire landscapes in priority regions from India to Indonesia, and Guatemala to Ghana.

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How Does Altitude Affect Coffee and Its Taste in the Cup?

The main reason that higher elevation coffee is more sought after is the taste. When well-cared for, high elevation coffee will produce the more acidic, aromatic and flavorful cup of coffee that we love, while lower elevation coffee tends to have a lower acidity with little character in the cup.
This is the real reason why your barista is telling you about the elevation of the coffee you are about to drink. Generally, a higher elevation coffee will be a better tasting coffee and by saying that the coffee was grown at 5,200', it means the coffee should have a good flavor.

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How Premium Coffee Is Helping Farmers in Africa

Over the last decade, the coffee world has increasingly realized what wine aficionados knew long before them -that specific terroir of where the beans were grown affects the flavor of their preferred drink.
And if you source from just one place - a single origin - the coffee will have flavor characteristics unique to that growing region. This has been especially good news for African coffee farmers whose ranks have dwindled the last two decades.

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Video of the Month

Processing Coffee in Kenya
Tim Wendelboe

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Did You Know ?

In the period between October and July, crop year 2016/2017, 488,478.55 bags (60kg) were sold through the Nairobi Coffee Exchange at an average price of US $236.04/50kg.
KCTA members bought about 90 % of coffee traded.