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Sourcing Bailies: The Last Leg

Our third and final article signing off our 3-part sourcing series. So, hopping back across the border Jan prepped for his short four day stay in Kenya, a county still shaken from the events of that January when Somali militants stormed a luxury hotel compound in Nairobi. Just outside of the company’s capital is the town named Ruiru- the location of Bailies’ exporter Dorman’s coffee traders who would host the cuppings. Buyers must cup hundreds of coffees and narrow them down to their own preferences in a shortlist that's decided before the coffees then go to auction. This intense environment sees many buyers tasting hundreds of coffees in a condensed period of two days. The coffees being tasted were from...

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