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Nima Tenjing Sherpa smells a cup of coffee during a cupping in Kathmandu in July. (Courtesy of Green Land Organic Farm)

KATHMANDU -- As the aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air, Nima Tenjing Sherpa bends and perches his nose above a cup at a table inside a tiny roaster in a posh Kathmandu neighborhood. He inhales the fragrance, an act reminiscent of wine-tasting, then sips at the coffee. "It's sweet with traces of fruit," he says.

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