Our Story

"Kahawa" means coffee in Swahili and 1893 is the year that coffee was first commercially grown in Kenya. With Kahawa 1893, we celebrate the beginnings of the strong traditions that contribute to Kenya's distinctive coffee.

Farming Roots 

I was born in the western highlands of Kenya to a coffee growing family and I have fond memories of helping my mom pick ripe coffee berries on the farm.  At age 18, I moved to the U.S. for college, later earning an MBA and living and working in New York City.  I enjoyed the vibrant coffee culture but Kenyan coffee was hard to find, which surprised me because farmers back home often lacked a market for their products and were exploited by middlemen, often receiving prices below their cost of production.  The inequalities in the supply chain were glaring, with farmers living in poverty.

I founded Kahawa 1893 to share with you distinctive Kenyan coffee and to build a better supply chain that allows farmers to earn a sustainable income from coffee farming.  We are working with a group of co-operatives to help them access markets and we also devote 25% of our profits to support the women that make specialty coffee possible. 


 Margaret Nyamumbo, Founder & CEO