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From bush to cup: the Kiambu coffee tour

Learn how Kenya’s world-famous coffee is produced and enjoy a tasting session on this coffee farm tour…

By Wycliffe Otieno
Junior Tour Consultant at GoVacation, Alfred&’s partner in Kenya

Kenya is world famous for its coffee and on this tour, you’ll learn how it’s produced, from bush to cup, and enjoy a tasting session. The trip takes place at the Fairview Estate, which lies around half an hour from central Nairobi. Fairview has been producing some of the country’s best coffee since 1909 thanks to its location in Kiambu, the heart of the fertile central highlands, which is fed by the Riara River.

The tour lasts around two hours and begins in the 100-acre plantation, which is set along the river among beautiful gardens with a waterfall nearby. During peak season, up to 400 workers will be busy pruning, harvesting and sorting the coffee beans. You’ll walk among the coffee bushes, whose berries turn red when they’re ready for harvesting, then see how they’re dried, roasted and ground into powder. You can even have a go at the roasting if you like.

Along the way, an expert guide from the estate will explain the entire coffee-making process and answer any questions you might have. My favourite part is the coffee tasting at the end. A barista will talk you through around five different grades of coffee and explain which factors affect the flavours. There are light, medium and dark varieties depending on how long the coffee has been roasted for.

I’d recommend this tour, especially if you’re a coffee lover, because it’s educational, fun and allows you to get a glimpse of real Kenyan culture and the countryside. Ironically, coffee isn’t popular among Kenyans, so a lot of the product is exported and not readily available to drink here. There’s a chance to buy your favourite coffee directly from the Fairview shop though, it makes the perfect souvenir of your trip to Kenya.

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Alfred & Wycliffe Otieno

Wycliffe Otieno hails from Eldoret in the north west of Kenya. He joined GoVacation Africa in 2019 as a customer service executive and is now Junior Tour Consultant. Wycliffe loves the challenge of creating exciting itineraries for guests, meeting people from all over the world and getting to tour parts of Kenya he wouldn’t otherwise have visited.
Wycliffe Otieno, Kiambu coffee farm guide

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Annette, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in the Mara, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot for your sundowner.

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