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From banker to barista: When coffee calls

From banker to barista: When coffee calls

TATENDA KANENGONI, BIRD STORY AGENCY IT’S shortly after 8 am on a Tuesday, and there's a constant stream of gym-goers and commuters making their way towards a mobile coffee truck parked at a service station in Rolf Valley, an upmarket suburb in Harare.  The unit’s barista, Simbarashe, greets the customers with a smile and, for some, prompts their orders as they approach the truck. One woman drops off a metal flask, asking that it be filled with her "usual.” This energy and culture are replicated in nine other locations in Harare, where Zimbarista coffee units operate, a culture instilled by…
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Nespresso launches coffee range sourced from eastern Congo

Nespresso launches coffee range sourced from eastern Congo

NESPRESSO, part of food giant Nestle, has launched a new range of organic coffee sourced from the fertile volcanic slopes of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a former growing region blighted by decades of violence and war. Coffee was one of Congo's largest exports before the country plunged into civil war in the late 1990s. A constellation of armed groups continue to control large swathes of territory in the east, forcing many farmers to flee homes and abandon crops. Neighbouring Rwanda shares similar rich soils. Its stable economic and political environment has allowed its coffee industry to bounce back and…
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