By Millicent Mwangi & Michael Warui
In the heart of Central Kenya’s highlands, lies Fairview Coffee Estate, “Home to the World’s Finest Coffee”©. This beautiful farm with 100 acres under coffee has produced high quality Arabica coffee for almost 100 years. It is in this amazing locale that we launched Coffee Tourism in the Kenyan market to educate both domestic and international tourists on Kenya’s leading cash crop. This is akin to the experience one would have in South Africa’s Stellenbosch or Paarl wine estates only that we are educating tourists on coffee as opposed to wine.
For almost four decades the Estate has been owned by former Kenyan ambassador to the United States (1969- 74), Amb. Leonard Oliver
Kibinge and his family. Under the prudent management of Coffee Management Services (CMS), the land continues to yield coffee that is characteristic of Kenya’s finest quality with a pointed acidity, full body and unique flavor.
Yields per hectare approximate 2,400 kilos per hectare and we are certified by UTZ, 4C Association, Rainforest Alliance and Starbucks. Fairview Coffee Estate was delighted to launch its Coffee Tourism business on the very 1st International Coffee Day celebrated on Thursday, 1st October 2015. This day recognizes the millions of hardworking men and women around the world who earn their livelihoods from coffee. Theare’s a wonderful story behind the wonderful Espresso, Latte, Cappuccino or Filter Coffee that you hopefully enjoy each day. On 1st of October, Fairview Estate celebrated these incredible story makers and had the honor of appreciating the hard work put in by a representative sample of our workers.
Our guests were taken through a one-hour tour that saw them learn about how coffee is grown and initially processed at factory level. The tour culminated in visitors consuming the esteemed Fairview Coffee brands at the farm liquoring room. Our intention is to become a premier and vibrant educational tourism destination and to support diversification of Kenya’s tourism product, promote greater domestic consumption of coffee, and educate current and potential consumers about the coffee production processes.
Our Coffee Tourism rates are:
- Non-Residents $ USD 30
- Residents Kshs 2,000
- Kenyan Citizens (Adults) Kshs 1,000
- Children 12-18 Kshs 500
- Children below 12 accompanied by paying adult – Free
There is a morning tour (10:00am-12:00pm) and an afternoon tour (2:00pm-4:00pm). Bookings can be made through Millicent Wanderwa, our Coffee Promotions Specialist, (+254-771-472359/+254-723-157260) or firstname.lastname@example.org and soon our website; www.fairviewestate.co.ke.