The US mega-chain has decided not to buy its coffee directly from Kenyan producers. This is unwelcome news for the country's deputy president, who has been tussling with multinational traders and is now trying to smooth things over.
The Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Authority has come under fire after limiting the amount of coffee that private individuals can take out of the country. It has been juggling the difficult task of regulating the sector with its ambitious targets for bringing dollars into the country.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua's zealous coffee reforms, aimed at giving Kenyan firms a larger share of the spoils, have hit multinationals like Neumann Kaffee Gruppe hard. They are also part of the government's attack on the interests of ex-president Kenyatta.
Rigathi Gachagua, who has been tasked with revitalising Kenya's coffee industry, has dismissed a number of experts and officials in the sector. He is also using his open war on multinational trading companies to try to consolidate his political base.
Rigathi Gachagua wants to get the multinationals out of the trading business and to encourage the development of national traders. But the three market leaders have made themselves indispensable to financing the sector.
By uniting his allies from Kenya's central region, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua aims to establish his own political fiefdom. His plans have raised concerns, however, among some of President Ruto's allies, who fear he is trying to go solo.