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Roy Mancini operates under deep cover in CHINA SEA (to be published July 2015) as an Arabica coffee bean trader. In fact, that’s his code name: ARABICA.
Arabica is believed to be the world’s very first specie of coffee. It originated in southwest Ethiopia over 1,000 years ago. Arabica coffee from several countries is served at Starbucks, Coffee Bean, Peet’s and countless gourmet coffee houses worldwide.
Arabica cannot be compared to Robusta coffee, the often bitter tasting blend served in diners and most restaurants. Look at it this way – if your waitress or waiter offers to fill up your cup free-of-charge, chances are he or she is pouring cheap Robusta. You will pay for an Arabica refill. And by the way, Arabica contains less caffeine than Robusta.
Arabica beans are cultivated in the mountains. The cheaper Robusta bean comes from the flat lands.
Roy Mancini purchases Arabica beans in Indonesia – Sulawesi, Java and Sumatra. He can sell those premium beans to roasters in countries around the world. The next time you go to Starbucks or Peet’s see if you can order their Sulawesi or Sumatra brew, my favorites.
And speaking of Peet’s, that is the original premium coffee house in the United States. They were established in 1966 in Berkeley, California. And they’re still at the same location today.
The Arabica bean has been transplanted from its native Ethiopia to Kenya, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean and Pacific islands. And it is consumed nearly everywhere.
As Roy explains to his commanding officer: “The reason I chose to be a coffee trader is because all of the countries in my area are either producers of coffee beans, or consumers of coffee. I can travel to any producer country in Asia and Africa, and pose as a buyer of coffee beans. And I can sell those beans to roasters in the consumer countries. Coffee is one commodity that can serve as a commercial cover for a spy anywhere in the world.”

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I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California. I served aboard submarines in the United States Navy. I have lived in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Bali, Indonesia. During my period living in Southeast Asia I ran an export company and played throughout the region as a jazz musician. My debut novel, China Sea, portrays a plot and settings derived from my experience.

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