Coffee Tasting in Kenya

Kenya Coffee Tour

The coffee industry of Kenya is noted for its cooperative system of production, processing, milling, marketing, and auctioning coffee. About 70% of Kenyan coffee is produced by small scale holders. It is estimated that six-million Kenyans are employed directly or indirectly in the coffee industry. The major coffee growing regions in Kenya are the High Plateaus around Mt. Kenya, the Aberdare Range, Kisii, Nyanza, Bungoma, Nakuru and Kericho.

The high plateaus of Mount Kenya, plus the acidic soil provide excellent conditions for growing coffee plants. Coffee from Kenya is of the 'mild arabica' type and is well known for its intense flavor, full body, and pleasant aroma with notes of cocoa. Since 1989, production in this East African country fell from about 130,000 thousand metric tons to 50,000 tons in 2009.



Kenya Coffee Tour Overview

Day-1: Arrive Nairobi

Day-2: Visit Kiambu County for Small Scale Farmers.

Day-3: Visit Ruiru Coffee Research and a big Coffee Farm.

Day-4: Kiambu County or Olepolos

Day-5: Mount Kenya area Nyeri

Day-6: Mount Kenya area Nyeri and Ol Pajeta Ranch

Day-7: Ol Pajeta Ranch - Nakuru Subukia Area

Day-8: A Full day at Mugudu Farm

Day-9: Mugudu Farm - Lake Nakuru

Day-10: Lake Nakuru - Nairobi



Kenya Coffee Tour Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Nairobi
Arrive Nairobi and overnight at Spurwing Guest House.

Day-2: Visit Kiambu County for Small Scale Farmers.
Breakfast at the guest House, thereafter drive to Limuru/Kiambaa and Kiambu area to see small scale farmers and pick coffee with them, talk to them and discover their coffee growing knowledge and the problems they face, visit Komothai coffee society and also visit one of their processing factories, or spend the day at Mbumi Coffee Estate to see picking and processing.

Almost all Kenyan coffee is processed by a wet method in order to ensure the best quality.Growers pick only the red-ripe cherry.At the factory, the cherries are sorted before processing and unripe, overripe or diseased cherries removed.The cherries are then pulped to remove the outer skin. Coffee production goes through a systematic protocol from seed to cup from nursery, farm, pulping, milling and grading.Attention to detail guarantees that the consumer only gets the best of our Kenya Coffee. Lunch at Kiambu Town in a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight at Spurwing Guest House

Day-3: Visit Ruiru Coffee Research and a big Coffee Farm.
Early morning breakfast and thereafter drive for two hours to Ruiru area, visit Munene or Scocfinaf Coffee Farm. In the afternoon visit the Coffee Research Foundation and Kenya Coffee college.

The Foundation is the premier research institution and one of the best in the world.It is financed by the growers and undertakes specialized research in all matters pertaining to the production, processing and marketing of coffee.

The Kenya Coffee College, housed within the precincts of the Coffee Research Foundation, offers both local and international training on all aspects of coffee.The highly qualified staff work tirelessly to ensure that information on the best and most modern farming technologies are disseminated to the stakeholders. Picnic lunch or hot lunch at a local restaurant in Ruiru Town, dinner and overnight at Spurwing.

Day-4: Kiambu County or Olepolos
This day will be spent at Kiambethu Tea Farm in Limuru or drive up the Ngong Hills and spend the day with Masai Community learning about their culture. We will enjoy the lat Olepolos area, dinner and overnight at Spurwing.

Day-5: Mount Kenya area Nyeri
Early morning breakfast and thereafter drive to the Mount Kenya area of Nyeri, on the way you will see small scale coffee farms and big farms of pineapple, the drive takes 3 hours and will check in at Outspan Hotel, after relaxing and lunch you will be driven to NYERI HILL FARM.

The Farm is located in Nyeri Municipality where the remains of Lord Baden Powell and his wife Lady Powell, the founder members of the Scout movement are buried. The total farm size is approximately 1415 Ha (3,500 acres) with about 344 Ha under coffee. The total number of coffee trees on the farm is 374,028 with an average of 1087 trees/ha. The production potential of the farm is 500-600 tons on 344 ha (850 acres) of land.

The focus of Nyeri Hill Farm has always been production of high quality coffee while promoting sustainability. Nyeri Hill coffee is top quality from the slopes of the central highlands in the heartland of coffee growing area in Kenya.These coffees are known in Kenya as 'NYERI' origins.

Flowering for the main crop is between March and May with the harvest period between October and January.This crop is sold between March and April.

Flowering for the fly crop is between September and November with the harvest period between May and September.This crop is sold between July and August.

Day-6: Mount Kenya area Nyeri and Ol Pajeta Ranch
After an early breakfast, you will have an option of visiting Nyeri hill Farm or drive to one of the small scale farms and spend the morning picking coffee with a local family. Later, we drive to Ol Pajeta Range, and check in at Sweetwater's Camp for lunch. In the early evening we enjoy a game drive, dinner and overnight.

Day-7: Ol Pajeta Ranch - Nakuru Subukia Area
Early morning game drive and after breakfast drive past the northern tip of Aberdares Mountains, a short stop at Thompson's fall and then descend into the Great Rift Valley where Lake Nakuru is located. Arrive at Mugunda Coffee farm in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon on a farm tour and go through the processing of the coffee and even roast some beans for your coffee. Dinner and overnight at the coffee farm house.

Day-8: A Full day at Mugudu Farm
Spend the day by visiting other small farms within the area or stay within Mugunda Coffee Farm for a lecture with James Ngethe. All meals and overnight.

Day-9: Mugudu Farm - Lake Nakuru
After breakfast drive to Lake Nakuru National park and spend the morning on a game drive, lunch at Flamingo Hill Camp and later go on an evening game drive. This is a shallow strongly alkaline lake set in a picturesque landscape of surrounding woodland and grassland and is hometo thousands of Flamingos, Buffalo, Lions, Zebra, Giraffe and other animal and bird species. Arrive at the lodge or camp for lunch and after a short rest proceed on an evening game drive. Return for dinner and overnight atthe Lake Nakuru Flamingo Camp

Day-10: Lake Nakuru - Nairobi
Early morning 6.30 am game drive, return to the lodge for breakfast and thereafter drive to Nairobi.

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Kenya Coffee Tour



Description of the National Parks we see

Lake Nakuru

Known as the "Bird Watchers' Paradise," at an elevation of 1754 m above sea level, this lake is surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland. The lake's abundance of algae used to attract a vast quantity of flamingos that famously lined the shore. Other birds also flourish in the area, as do warthogs, baboons and other large mammals. Eastern black rhinos and southern white rhinos have also been introduced. The lake's level dropped dramatically in the early 1990s but has since largely recovered. In 2013, the lake received an alarming increase in the water levels that led to the migration of flamingos to Lake Bogoria in search for food supply. Nakuru means "Dust or Dusty Place" in the Maasai language.

Coffee Tours in Kenya
Duration 10 Days
Best time All year
Sleeping Lodges and Guesthouses

Dates and Costs

All of these tours are arranged on a private basis. The tours require a minimum of 2 people.

Prices vary based on the number of people.

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Coffee tour in Kenya

Price includes
Transport by safari minivan and game viewing where necessary
Visit to the coffee farms and one tea farm
Services of a driver/ and a guide
All park fees where applicable
All meals as indicated
Lodge accommodation as indicated
Bottled water on while on safari

Prices exclude
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's and vaccinations
Bikes, or bike hire, etc.


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