Ndaroini Farmers Plc is one of the most exceptional cooperatives in Kenya having won several excellence awards. The spirit of Ndaroini farmers
is expressed by the quality of their coffee. A visit to Ndaroini will give you insights into Certification Systems, Traceability, Harvest, Primary
processing and Post harvest management.
The Geralds brothers' passion for coffee can not be told in words. You just have to see them at work on the farm and you'll get it. They inherited
love for coffee from their late father Gerald. Traditionally most siblings divide inherited land. But the Geralds chose to stick together to farm
coffee. This jovial family will help you learn what it takes to produce premium coffee for the specialty market. Meet them on the Nyeri Origin
The cup in Stephen's coffee keeps roasters coming to his farm for more. Ever learning, Stephen has constantly been improving the quality of his
coffee over time through improved farm practices. He has managed to get his whole family hooked on coffee and now they all want to see the Ragis
brand grow. He is part of a new breed of Kenyan farmers who are seeking to form direct relationships with roasters globally. Meet him on the Nyeri
Jungle coffee estate is one of the best estates in the heart of Nyeri. For Mr Kimondo the manager, being ever experimental and producing coffees to
specific requirements of roasters has kept them on top. At Jungle you will find naturals which are rare in Nyeri. You will also get insights into
Disease Management and Insect Control, Shade grown coffee, Drought Management, Irrigation and Pruning Practices.
To cap the origin trip, you will get to cup all of Nyeri's finest coffees at the NICE 2023 expo. The best part of it is that you can order and
purchase the coffees you like directly from farmers during the trip. Export processing and logistics will be managed by our highly experienced
Few people know where the story of the late Queen Elizabeth II of England began as Queen. It began at the Aberdares National Park in Nyeri on 6th February
1952 when her father King George VI died. On that day the then Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip had visited the Treetops Lodge at
the Aberdares National Park on holiday. During the Nyeri Origin Trip, you will visit the Aberdares National Park and enjoy true African wilderness.
Origin trips are no longer an industry trend, you owe it to your customers. So the main goal for your trip should be to gain valuable information and knowledge that will enrich the experience you give to your customers. Come ready to learn and keep your customers in mind throughout the trip.
Know the people growing your coffee, processing it and shipping it. It is especially rewarding if you form relationships with partners who can guarantee you a consistent high quality cup while empowering farmers in the process. While at source, you can establish reliable connections to get the coffee from origin to your roastery.
The best time for an origin trip is harvest time, and that’s when the Nyeri origin trip happens (in November). It’s an extremely busy time with vast amount of work that will expose you to a very crucial part of the coffee chain that you would not want to pass. Come ready to dig in, get your hands dirty. Harvest time has additional benefits of cupping opportunities and if you stumble on an extremely great cup, don’t let it go, sleep with it (literally) if you have to.
Be ready for the grind of coffee travel
Unlike holiday travel, coffee travel exposes you to bumpy roads, getting dirty cherry picking, learning a lot and meeting many people who don’t speak your language. We do everything we can to lessen the grind and make it a bit more comfortable by booking good rooms, well cooked food and providing you with clean bottled water throughout the trip. But with a good adventurous spirit all the grind goes to making a most rewarding experience.
Ready now! Here are a few things to carry:
- 1. Bug Repellent – to keep the little pests you encounter at bay
- 2. Suitable Clothing – to protect you from elements of weather
- 3. Medication and Health Products – to cushion your body from the shock of new foods, water and weather
- 4. A Good Camera – to back up your story
- 5. Local currency – credit cards and ATMs don’t count on the farm
- 6. Gifts – to show your appreciation and build friendship
- 7. Altimeter – it’s fun tracking the elevation along your journey and learning how it changes the coffee
- 8. Research – in addition to our information package, it’s good to do your research to strengthen your purpose
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