Café Ubuntu is creating jobs and empowering communities through organic food and local coffee culture.
WHAT IS THE COFFEE CULTURE IN KENYA?
Coffee is one of the top, and undoubtedly best, exports to come out of Kenya. Unfortunately, most farmers have no connection to their product. They don’t experience it roasted beyond cherry form or even know that it’s a beverage, let alone one of the best coffees in the world. Café Ubuntu is changing that.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO WORK AT UBUNTU CAFE?
You get to wake up every day excited to greet new customers from all over the world. You get to pick fruits and vegetables from the garden and serve fresh food every day to the community. And you get to work with really cool, positive people who like their job and want to be there. Café Ubuntu is creating a relational culture as a company while taking the time to instill pride in a crop we produce.
WHY A CAFÉ?
UBUNTU owns 11 acres of land that sits on a major tourist and trade route in Africa. We saw this high volume of traffic as an opportunity to become a beacon for roughly 1 million travelers, so we began by providing two crucial necessities: clean bathrooms and fresh espresso.
Allegro Coffee Company and Whole Foods Market heard about our vision and helped provide the resources and people to break ground, build, and paint the café. They’ve since returned to Maai Mahiu to train the Café Ubuntu team on how to pull the best shots and provide the utmost customer service.
WHY ORGANIC AND LOCAL?
We never set out to be the same as the other restaurants in the area, so we decided to build a farm on our land to source all the local, organic, and seasonal ingredients featured on the cafe’s menu. By focusing on growing produce that is of the highest quality and combining the ingredients in the most natural and healthy way, we’re creating a community that values true nourishment.