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Journey To Source: Central America: Part 1- Honduras

 After 2 long years, Bailies Director and Green Coffee Buyer Jan Komarek ventured back to source to visit our coffee friends, old and new. He was able to visit with coffee farms that we at Bailies have had long standing relationships with over the years, whilst also stopping by some new farms along the way.  "After a 2 year hiatus, I am excited to once again be able to travel to visit the coffee producers we source from at Bailies. On this trip, I will be visiting Central America, with my first stop in Honduras, followed by Guatemala and then, ending my trip in Mexico. Honduras is undeniably filled with genuine and hard-working people determined to succeed through hard work and perseverance. I...

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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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