Late last year, Basil Lengusuranga, pictured, a young man from Kenya, commented on a Baristador Coffee blog.
It was quite a surprise that someone from the nation that I believe grows the best coffee in the world was engaging on my humble website.
It was doubly pleasing because I use Kenyan coffee in my Baristador coffee blends.
Basil agreed to answer a few questions about his attitude toward and use of coffee.
A Kenyan and his coffee
Q: In Australia, many of us who love coffee have a deep respect for Kenya, as one of the nations where African coffee is of the highest order. Are you a coffee drinker?
Q: What role does coffee take in your life – nothing, just a drink for its caffeine, a drink of great flavour?
A: It plays a very important role in my life since as a student it fights away the dizzyness in me and keeps me active all day.
Q: Do you drink Kenyan coffee? Is it cheap or expensive in Kenya?
A: I drink Kenyan coffee.
Q: Is Kenyan coffee well regarded in Kenya, or do you hold other national producers as ‘the best’?
A: In fact, in Kenya we don’t import coffee from any other country. Ours is regarded best.
Q: Is coffee expensive?
A: The price varies with the quality
Q: Do you know anybody involved in the coffee business – growers, pickers, roasters, retailers, baristas? Do you have a sense of whether they love their roles or are just doing them to survive?
A: I know of the large farmers in Nyeri [who] are now millionaires because of just involving in coffee growing.
Q: Any stories about coffee that you would like to share?
A: Not now but I will share it soon. [I will update this page if/when Basil is able to share more stories – Steve]
Q: How do you make or drink your coffee?
A: We boil hot water, then we put them in cups, add a spoonful of coffee of your choice, stir, add some sugar, and now its ready.
Basil is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bersleyb