We had been working in Ethiopia for a week when a friend of ours invited us over to his house for a meal and a cup of buna, the Amharic word for coffee. In Ethiopia, coffee is an integral part of the culture, even more than in my hometown, Seattle. A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony requires special dress, extreme attention to detail, and a reverence for tradition and ritual. Even though we weren’t given an official coffee ceremony, the amount of work that went into our pot of coffee was astounding.
In November 2010, Stumptown Coffee Roasters sent a two person film crew to Kenya to shadow their green coffee buying team. Travelling north about 100 miles from Nairobi into the Nyeri district of the Central Province, their cameras focused on two factories (washing stations) that have developed long term working relationships with Stumptown. Both Ngunguru Factory in the Tekangu Cooperative Society and Gaturiri factory in the Barichu Cooperative Society are exquisite examples of high quality washed processed Kenyan coffees. Many thanks to Charles Kanwitu, Eluid Kimotho, Jeremiah Muraya, Ngatia Kanyoge and all of the people at Ngunguru, Gaturiri, Central Kenya Coffee Mills, and C. Dormans.
The French Press/Press Pot/Plunger Pot/Cafetiere is by far the best coffee brewer you can buy when it comes to the ratio of price and coffee quality.
The press works well with just about any style of coffee. The one problem we always had was the sludge. Thanks to a technique passed around online from the wise Scandinavians, you can now make a better press at home!