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Kiambethu Tea Farm

A day outside of Nairobi with some co-workers and delicious tea!

Sunday, Feb. 26th:

Last Sunday I spent the day at the Kiambethu Tea Farm, a beautiful home, garden, forest and farmland. It was the perfect day and everyone had a great time strolling through the garden, learning about tea, exploring the indigenous forest and eating some delicious food!

The garden was absolutely stunning. Tons of flowers bursting with color, with a backdrop of the Ngong Hills. Nothing compares to fresh air and sunshine!
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After hanging out in the garden, we moved inside the farm house for some delicious tea samples and a lesson in the fine art of growing and processing tea. Who knew that tea was the largest export in Kenya?! The farm began around 1910 by Fiona (our hostess') grandfather and has been in the family, with only a few governmental incidents, since then. The house is filled with family portraits, as well as newspaper clippings about the family and other famous environmentalists.

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All of the tea gets shipped to Mombassa where major vendors sample and purchase it. We learned all about the different grains of tea and the impact the size of the tea has on flavor. Very interesting!
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Off for a walk through the farmland and indigenous forest with our two wonderful guides!
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What a lovely day!
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Posted by BlakeSims 11:20 Archived in Kenya

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