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“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.

GETTING THERE

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 TOUR 1 FAIRVIEW COFFEE ESTATE | KIAMBU KENYA| REVIEW |

There are 80,000 coffee trees on the estate.15 FAIRVIEW COFFEE ESTATE | KIAMBU KENYA| REVIEW |

The SL 28 arabica coffee variety is grown at the estate – which Kenya is famous among connoisseurs worldwide.16 FAIRVIEW COFFEE ESTATE | KIAMBU KENYA| REVIEW |

After touring the beautiful green coffee fields, we proceeded to the factory which is within the estate. As you can see from the picture below only the red ripe berries are picked and processed.21 FAIRVIEW COFFEE ESTATE | KIAMBU KENYA| REVIEW |

The berries are pulped to remove the potassium rich red skins.23 FAIRVIEW COFFEE ESTATE | KIAMBU KENYA| REVIEW |

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The red skins are not thrown away but recycled back as a source of high potassium compost that assist in the repining of the berries.11 FAIRVIEW COFFEE ESTATE | KIAMBU KENYA| REVIEW |

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.26 FAIRVIEW COFFEE ESTATE | KIAMBU KENYA| REVIEW |

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TASTING TIME 8 FAIRVIEW COFFEE ESTATE | KIAMBU KENYA| REVIEW |

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!27 FAIRVIEW COFFEE ESTATE | KIAMBU KENYA| REVIEW |

I really liked the beautiful bags used to pack the Fairview coffee…. makes a beautiful gift, don’t you agree?28 FAIRVIEW COFFEE ESTATE | KIAMBU KENYA| REVIEW |

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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.

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Banana plantation tour17 FAIRVIEW COFFEE ESTATE | KIAMBU KENYA| REVIEW |

The estate is also an awesome place for nature walks! We took a walk and got to view this gorgeous waterfall.5 FAIRVIEW COFFEE ESTATE | KIAMBU KENYA| REVIEW |

 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!2 FAIRVIEW COFFEE ESTATE | KIAMBU KENYA| REVIEW |

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FINAL THOUGHTS 

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

 

Please note Sly The Globetrotter retains 100% editorial control and all opinions, as always, are my own. 

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8 Comments

  1. August 24, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    wow, wow, wow…this place exists right under my nose and dint know!! Such an amazing place. Very educative too. Will definitely visit!! Very well written piece of work Sylvia!! I love the photos too!!

    • August 24, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comment 🙂 And Yes, Fairview Estate is a beautiful place and definitely worth a visit.

  2. Ali
    August 26, 2016 / 7:55 am

    Amazing piece, well put. 👍🏾. Keep the good posts coming.

  3. Ojijo
    November 6, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Thank you so much for providing this insight!I have to make it a point to visit.

  4. February 26, 2017 / 7:34 am

    Nice read Sly. Where can I find the Fairview coffee? Need one for a friend.

    • February 26, 2017 / 9:39 am

      Hey dear, thanks for the lovely comment! At the moment Fairview coffee can only be bought from the farm. They can organize delivery however if you contact them. Click on this link for their contact details http://fairviewestate.co.ke/contact/

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