Paddy & Scott's
The coffee supply chain is long and complicated; full of people taking their cut of the farmer’s hard work. Paddy and Scott’s had a bold idea to cut out these middle-men and corporates; to shorten the distance between coffee grower and coffee drinker. In 2016 we took on our very own coffee farm in Meru, Kenya.
Working together with the Muchomba family we have created a unique project to revolutionise how coffee is traded and give more back to the families working hard to grow our coffee. It’s never been done before, but that’s never stopped us! In collaboration with the Muchomba family, the Meru Farm is now the second home of Paddy and Scott's. Here, not only do we grow some incredible coffee, but we are also investing in the farm infrastructure and working with local schools to ensure sustainable change for the coffee growing community,
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Why the farm?
The farm is located 300 kilometres north of Nairobi in the shade of the eastern side of Mount Kenya. This is where we've worked with George Muchomba and his eldest son Isaac to create one of the finest coffee farms in the world; Time to get our hands dirty.
What have we done?
We have built a model farm with shared facilities that can be used by local communities who rely on the coffee for their existence. We set out to empower the farmer and revolutionise how consumers interact with the people supplying their coffee. We set our goal and achieved it.
Proceeds from the Meru Community Project are now extending far beyond our boundaries. The Ruiga Day Secondary School is located 6km south of the farm with many of our farm workers' children in attendance. We soon realised the school needed serious investment: There was no running water, toilets or even glass in the windows. Whilst we were building the new pulping station it seemed only natural to extend this water supply to the school so we ran a 6.6 km water feed, installed new water storage tanks and built a new brick toilet block with washing facilities.
Who owns it?
You do. This project relies on the continuous support from you, the real drivers of change. From a single tree to a whole row, we genuinely encourage our customers to visit the farm, plant your own tree and help harvest your coffee; get you hands dirty, break bread with the family. This is real CSR, be proud of it.