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Teas & Coffee

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:

Dorman’s Coffee

Dorman’s Coffee

LOCATION: 

Nairobi, Kenya 

STORY:

C. Dorman Ltd. was founded in 1950 and has become Kenya’s leading coffee roaster and exporter, with a reputation for quality that is unsurpassed. Dorman’s Coffee has built a customer base that includes major users of coffee and prestigious gourmet roasters all around the world through their commitment to rigorous quality control. While largely renowned for their focus on premium qualities, they can offer the whole range of Kenyan and Tanzanian coffees at the same high quality.

Gibson’s Coffee

Gibson’s Coffee

LOCATION: 

Nairobi, Kenya 

STORY:

Gibson’s coffee is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit unleashed in the wake of Kenyan Independence from Great Britain. This family- run enterprise was started in the 1960s on a small farm of five acres where their first Arabica coffee beans were planted and harvested with a commitment to producing the highest quality coffee beans.

50 years later, that small family farm has grown into a thriving business over hundreds of acres but still that commitment to high quality is paramount. Gibson Coffee’s farms are situated on the picturesque slopes of Mt Kenya just a few metres from the equator. There, the rich red volcanic soil gives their coffee the nutrients needed to produce the finest beans. Gibson’s Coffee is then hand-picked and hand sorted, sun dried and processed, which ensures that the resulting cup is extraordinarily rich in acidity and flavour, deep in aroma, full bodied and leaves one’s mouth full of floral notes.

Gold Crown

Gold Crown

LOCATION: 

Mombasa, Kenya

STORY:

Based in Mombasa, Gold Crown Beverages (K) Ltd was founded in 2001 as a subsidiary of the UK- based Global Tea & Commodities Ltd. In the short period that they have operated in Kenya their prestigious brands have consolidated a position as some of the most popular in the country, both in supermarkets and supplying the corporate hospitality and hotel sectors. Their strategy of operating at all stages of the supply chain also ensures that their products can stay competitively priced even during periods of price volatility.

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.

Melvin’s Teas

Melvin’s Teas

LCOATION:

Nairobi, Kenya

STORY:

Formed in 1994 Melvin Marsh International was founded on the principle of offering the Kenyan tea drinker a wider array of flavours and choice of products and was the first company in Kenya to offer ready flavoured teas.

These teas are carefully selected from superior tea gardens and blended to the exacting specifications of Melvin’s expert tea masters. With all natural flavours, no additives and using only fresh ground spices their teas are guaranteed to retain their natural freshness and each cup captures the delightful taste of rich, refreshing Kenyan tea. The teas are then promptly packed and sealed ensuring they reach the customers “factory fresh”. As any true tea drinker knows, the fresher the tea, the better the brew.

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. In 1982, local Meru farmers collaborated to create the Ng’uuru Gakirwe Water Committee which instigated an irrigation project that has succeeded in providing running water to hundreds of Kenyans, enhancing food security in this region. Fully completed in 2000, this project has enabled Meru Herbs to produce for export a selection of 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 via fair trade channels (to Europe, Japan, and the US). For instance, Meru produce for Mavuno Harvest (www.mavunoharvest.com) which distributes across the US.

The Kenya Nut Company

The Kenya Nut Company

LOCATION:

Kenya

STORY:

Nestled in the misty highlands of East Africa, the Kenya Nut Company grows and processes organic nuts that have the exciting taste of Africa. Established in 1972, today the Kenya Nut Company is one of the leading macadamia nut processors worldwide. Presently, they employ more than 2500 skilled personnel in their macadamia and cashew nut processing department.

Their brands include Out of Africa and Nutfields which also specialise in coffee, tea and chocolate. Their brands meet the highest international standards as they have a commitment to the integrity and quality of their products.