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Africa's best barista doesn't drink coffee, nor even really like it, yet two-time Kenyan champ Martin Shabaya won the Africa round and next month competes at the World Barista Championships.Java House is Kenya's answer to Starbucks with 36 branches in shopping malls and petrol stations across the country. Artcaffe Coffee and Bakery has grown rapidly since 2009 with 11 branches and four more managed under Dormans brand, the country's oldest coffee roaster.Kenya's Arabica beans are at their best when medium roasted, for around 15 minutes at 250 degrees Centigrade (482 Fahrenheit), then quickly sealed in aluminium packages to protect them from what quality controller Tim Obiayo calls "the enemies of coffee": heat, light, moisture and oxygen.Ransley supplies independent outlets Tin Roof Cafe, in the leafy Karen suburb, and Pointzero Coffee in downtown Nairobi.- Growing coffee, drinking coffee --Sitting on the shady veranda of the Tin Roof Cafe, co-owner Abbie MacAndrew, says coffee drinking has thrown off its reputation as something for the fusty and the foreign.
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