$21.50 | 12 oz box
The words “inspired” and “passionate” do not begin to describe the Mbature family, the owners of the Kamavindi estate. With attention to every detail, the family has implemented countless quality innovations that set their third-generation family farm apart from any other farm in the region. This drive and dedication to quality shines through in their coffee with intense brightness, which is balanced by sweet and savory flavors of pink grapefruit, blackberry, and molasses.
The Kamavindi farm was established in 1958 by the late John Njiru Mbature during the British colonial rule and has been in the Mbature family ever since. Originally, during the British Colonial rule of Kenya, the farm was limited to a 100 coffee trees because of a law that restricted native Kenyans from planting more. In 1961, permission to meagerly increase coffee planting was given, and John Njiru planted an additional 500 trees. Since then, laws have changed, Kenya gained independence in 1963, and the Mbature family has acquired around 20 acres of land and planted more coffee little by little.
Today, the job of running the farm is made possible by the family as a whole. Hellen Weveti acts as the director of the farm, after the passing longtime farm owner Martin Mbture in 2018. Over the last few years their son, Peter Mbature, has taken on much of the quality and farm management. Peter, in particular, has been key to the operational success of the farm and brings a level of inspiration and drive we have not seen in many growers around the world. Lastly, cementing the family operation is Gladwell Wanjira, a daughter of Martin's who is in charge of public relations. We have only worked with the family since 2014, but their work is an inspiration to us and Kamavindi has become a core offering and partnership.
New This Year: This year’s harvest was large enough for the Mbature family to separate the SL-28 variety from their Ruiru 11- and this selection is only the SL.
Kamavindi (pronounced kama-VIN-dee) derives its name from a stream that starts on the farm and flows into a nearby river.