The USAID Hub supported six U.S. buyers and roasters to connect with 16 Kenyan coffee producers for potential trade of $225,000. The mission came a month after the Kenyan Agriculture and Food Authority – Coffee Directorate reported the U.S as the top buyer of Kenyan coffee, with KSh7bn purchase as a result of USAID Hub support at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA)-Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle, Washington.
The November 30 – December 2 buyer's mission, conducted by Hub grantee African Fine Coffee Association, brought U.S buyers -- Yuni Coffee Company, Black Rifle Company, Genuine Origin, Good Folks Coffee, Emissary Sourcing LLC, Victoria Coffee and Yuni Coffee Company -- directly to Kenyan coffee fields to meet the producers, cup the latest harvest and forge trade relationships.
I would like to thank USAID for the opportunity to “travel to origin” with AFCA. We had a remarkable trip. This was a once in a lifetime experience that will constantly bring to the table in my job as a coffee importer working directly with coffee roasters in the U.S,” said Richard Futrell.
Participating U.S. buyers also met with the Kenya Cooperative Coffee Exporters (KCCE), a coffee exporting organization that links smallholder Kenyan coffee producers with the international market.
This trip was great. Everything on the Kenyan trip was very well organized and executed-spot on,” said Emissary Sourcing LLC.
Watch our video to understand why Kenyan coffee is so popular with U.S. buyers.