Kenyan Coffee: Pic Photo Courtesy
You could be drinking coffee from Kenya
A hearty Saturday Salute goes this week to Laban Njuguna of Aurora and the Grand Island Area Economic Development Corp., who hosted a trade delegation from Kenya in a visit to Grand Island this week.
The Kenyans’ hope is to export raw coffee beans to Grand Island, where it would be distributed as a specialty product. Kenya’s coffee production is increasing, but farmers aren’t able to make enough from their coffee to support their families, so they are looking to cash in on America’s demand for specialty coffee.
Njuguna, as an entrepreneur who now lives in Nebraska, also sees the opportunity to benefit from the fact that more independent coffee shops are now roasting coffee beans for the benefit of their customers, who are demanding better coffee. He said he has relatives working the land in Kenya as coffee growers, including his 102-year-old grandmother.READ MORE