“A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent – Unknown”
Such an awesome quote from an anonymous person! And we can all agree hanging out with a friend(s) as you sip your best cup of coffee is happiness tasted and time well spent.
“Do you like coffee?”, our coffee tour guide asked.
Me: I dri… (even before I could finish my response, my friend Ali who was busy taking photographs interrupted.)
Ali: I love coffee especially when ground at home and freshly brewed in a french press. Plus the aroma every morning is SO refreshing…(and he went on and on about his love for coffee)
This was clearly his tour! And if you’re a coffee lover like my friend Ali, then a trip to Fairview Coffee Estate (Kenya) is one you MUST make.
Home to the world’s finest coffee, Fairview Coffee Estate is located in Kiambu, that is, 17km from Nairobi city centre, Kenya. It is accessible through the road opposite Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). However, from the main road to the estate you’ll need to call the estate personnel to guide you to the farm–that’s the only disadvantage. However, the scenery out there is spectacular; you’ll drive through the green coffee plantation, enjoy the cool fresh air and the beautiful picturesque of Kiambu hills.
The beans are then fermented, washed and graded for the second time. Heavy grades are soaked in tanks for up-to 16 hours to enhance the coffee quality and to remove sugar residual. A third wash is done and then the beans are dried. The beans are tested in the lab and once they meet the standards, they are then roasted and milled.
The key when tasting is: you first smell the coffee and then as you taste, slurp it across your entire palate letting subtle flavors and aromas reach your nose. I’m not a coffee drinker, however, this experience was amazing!
OTHER ACTIVITIES ON THE ESTATE
Apart from the coffee tour, we had the opportunity to enjoy a dairy tour, explore their massive banana plantation and took a nature walk where we got to see a magnificent waterfall.
After the tour, we were treated to a hot cup of Fairview coffee with delicious cookies & cakes as accompaniments. The warm welcome for a cup of Fairview coffee and sitting outside the green manicured gardens made my visit extra special!
I truly had a lovely experience at Fairview Coffee Estate! During our visit, we learnt how coffee is grown, cared-for, harvested and processed to produce one of the world’s BEST coffee beans. The place is definitely worth a visit. Other activities you can do on the estate are fishing and cycling. The estate also has magnificent botanical gardens which are perfect for weddings or other special occasions.
Well, that’s it guys!! What do you think about Fairview Coffee Estate? Is it somewhere you’d like to visit? Please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you. xx
Photography by Ali Abdallah
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