Kenya Livine Osiemo


maple, violet, blood orange


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In 2015, Livine Osiemo put his lifelong dreams of coffee farming into motion with the creation of Limwe Estate, a far-reaching plantation stretching across four different areas of his home country Kenya. In Nyamira County, where this washed lot of Ruiru 11 and Batian were grown, high altitude, fertile soil, and cool climate, as well as Limwe Estate’s famed attention to details and keen processing, contribute to this coffee’s incredible quality and unique flavor profile.

Bright, juicy notes on first sip—crisp red apple, blood orange, and lemonade—are balanced with sweeter coconut rum, brown sugar, and maple syrup flavors, making each memorable taste mouth-watering and complex.

It’s been a good few years since we’ve sourced coffee from Kenya, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring this fantastic lot to our menu through a new partnership with Vava Coffee. Founded by Vava Angwenyi in 2009, the Certified B-Corp works to not only build equity for Kenyan farmers through training and investment opportunities, but also seeks to build transparency throughout the system, using coffee to empower communities.

  • Type

    Single Origin
  • Origin

    Limwe Estate, Nyamira County, Kenya
  • Producer

    Livine Osiemo
  • Type

    Ruiru 11, Batian
  • Elevation

    2,070 MASL
  • Process


At the Source

It has been many years since we purchased a coffee from Kenya, specifically because the dynamic of purchasing coffee in Kenya is very opaque—perhaps intentionally so out a strong reaction to its colonial past—making it difficult to ensure the kind of transparency we seek to make coffee purchases as beneficial as possible to the producer. We're thrilled to have found a trusted supplier in Vava who has spent years building deep partnerships with hundreds of smallholder farmers.

Map of Nyamira County, Kenya
Working within (and against) the patriarchal structure that exists in Kenya, Vava advocates for better incomes for producers while creating the tools they need to access those incomes. She uses her company to provide education and tools for producers to learn more about the products they have to sell in the marketplace.
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