Once upon a time, Flora Mutahi tried selling salt. Then she switched to tea or “God’s gift to the industry,” as they call Kenyan tea it in their circles.
She set up a factory 20 years ago to produce Melvins tea, one of the largest flavoured tea packers in Kenya.
Two years ago, she opened Melvin’s Tea House, a cafe in Lavington with an experimental menu selling a motley of teas in various forms.
“I just want to have fun with tea,” she says. “Tea doesn’t have to be a home drink.”