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Coffee & Tea

At VAA, we work with numerous African producers who provide high-quality goods from a wide range of categories. To find out more about our producers and their stories select a category from the drop-down below:

Out of Africa

Out of Africa

LOCATION: 

Nairobi, Kenya 

STORY:

Out of Africa is one of the most popular brands belonging to the Kenya Nut Company (KNC). Out of Africa is one of the leading producers of nuts, teabags and coffee in East Africa. The brand is dedicated to sustainable organic agriculture.

Out of Africa produces roasted coffee, green coffee and tea bags. Coffee is available in ground and bean and is organic with full traceability. 

Solino

Solino

LOCATION: 

Ethiopia

STORY:

Ethiopia is the largest producer of coffee in sub-Saharan Africa, responsible for 4.4% of total world coffee production (The Africa Report, April 2014).

Solino is one of the first fully made-in-Ethiopia to reach Europe. This means that the growing, harvesting, processing, roasting, packaging and branding is entirely done in Ethiopia.

Solino is an arabica highland coffee from the areas of Yirgacheffee, Harar and Sidamo. It is roasted in a traditional drum roaster at very low temperature for 22 minutes. This guarantees the best possible aroma and very low acidity of our coffee.

Iria-ini

Iria-ini

LOCATION: 

Nyeri North District, Mount Kenya, Kenya

STORY:

A grower’s co-operative representing and owned by 8,000 local farmers the Iria-ini Tea Factory is an independent company which operates with the support and assistance of the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) and is a great example of a real Kenyan success story.

The tea is grown in the scenic highlands of the Mathira division of Nyeri North District and the rich mountainous soils give their tea the delicious and refreshing flavour that led Marks and Spencer to source them for their own M&S brand teas. The photo above shows the M&S tea which was packed at source at Iria-ini.

Meru Herbs

Meru Herbs

LOCATION: 

Meru, Mt. Kenya, Kenya 

STORY:

A co-op of approximately 500 farmers situated on the slopes of Mount Kenya, Meru Herbs produce, process, and provide a range of certified organic products, available through Fair Trade distribution channels. 

For generations the rich volcanic soil of Meru has allowed farmers to grow the most succulent fruits and vegetables. Meru Herbs have captured the identity, vitality and taste of the region in their high-quality teas, jams, and sauces.

Meru has obtained an organic certification from the English company Soil Association Certification Ltd. and today it sends a significant part of its production to Europe, Japan, and the US. They produce organic certified tea bags for both People Tree and Altromercato.