Nyokabi Mungai, Vava Coffee, Kenya, Washed
Dark Chocolate. Orange blossom. Blackberry and Lime. Acid Jazz.
Producer: Nyokabi Mungai / Vava Coffee
Farm: Mercy Estate
Region: Kiambu County
Varieties: SL28 + Ruiru 11
Altitude: 1600-1800 masl
If you haven’t heard of Vava’s Coffee, grab a seat and listen up. Vava Angwenyo is a woman with a vision to challenge the status quo and promote positive social disruption within the coffee industry. This vision comes from an inborn Kenyan passion for coffee and a drive to promote the sustainable production of coffee within Kenya’s and the wider East African region by tracing the production of high-quality coffee beans to the independent smallholder coffee farmer, who works day in and day out, against major obstacles and with meager resources to produce some of the world’s best tasting coffees, often without an understanding or appreciation of the final fruits of their labour. In 2009, Vava set up a social enterprise whose main aim is to contribute to better future prospects for local communities and the coffee industry as a whole.
Vava coffee is a Certified B-Corporation made up of a group of passionate individuals and farmers working towards one goal: using coffee to empower communities. Ensuring sustainable livelihoods for the people and communities in which it works. Rather than give handouts, Vava Coffee gives hope for a better tomorrow to those it works with as well as their families by giving them a chance to earn a living and get out of poverty by engaging them in work activities they are skilled in performing. Vava Coffee not only works with smallholder farmers in different coffee growing regions within Kenya but also has its coffee gift bags made by groups of women in the informal settlements surrounding Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
A producer working closely with Vava is Nyokabi Mungai who owns and runs Mercy Estate in Kiambu county, bordering Nairobi city in Kenya's central highlands where this incredibly delicious washed AB Top grade microlot is grown. Nyokabi’s farm is located on the highly productive western slopes of the Aberdare ranges and her coffee trees were planted around 1980. Nyokabi also farms Bananas and has dairy cattle for subsistence.
Since it’s launch in 2009, Vava Coffee has been consistently recognised globally for its premium standard coffee as well as for its remarkable social impact. Rightly so!
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