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Varieties of coffee

One may think the only varieties of coffee around the world are just Arabica and Robusta, but certainly not! However, Coffea Arabica, known as Arabica coffee and Coffea canephora, known as Robusta coffee are the two main species of coffee that are cultivated today. Arabica accounts for 75-80 percent while Robusta accounts for about 20 … Varieties of coffee Read More » The post Varieties of coffee appeared first on IBURU.

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The cultivation and spread of coffee

The Arabian Peninsula The cultivation and trade of coffee began on the Arabian Peninsula from where it traveled to the East. By the 15th century, coffee was being grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia owing to the favorable climate and soils. It was introduced to Sri Lanka by Muslim traders and travelers in 1505. Fertile … The cultivation and spread of coffee Read More » The post The cultivation and spread of coffee appeared first on IBURU.

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The elephant in the room; Kenya’s coffee crisis

Coffee plays a crucial role in the livelihoods of millions of rural households in many developing countries. However, the coffee market continues to be a showcase of the need to address the commodity crisis on both a global and local scale. In Kenya, its production continues to decline despite Government efforts to revive what was … The elephant in the room; Kenya’s coffee crisis Read More » The post The elephant in the room; Kenya’s coffee crisis appeared first on IBURU.

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The origin of coffee

The original home of the coffee plant is Abyssinia, now Ethiopia. Kaffa, the province in the south-western highlands where they first blossomed gave its name to coffee. Although the formal cultivation and use of coffee as a beverage began early in the 9th century, coffee trees grew wild in the forests of Kaffa prior to … The origin of coffee Read More » The post The origin of coffee appeared first on IBURU.

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A brief history of the Kenyan coffee

The origin of coffee is relatively close to Kenya. However, getting it there was a difficult task and full of bloodshed. The coffee was controlled by Arabs who came into the country through coastal trade connections from as early as the 9th century. They enslaved thousands of Kenyans to work on the coffee plantations in … A brief history of the Kenyan coffee Read More » The post A brief history of the Kenyan coffee appeared first on IBURU.

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