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From selling salt

Melvins Tea founder Flora Mutahi is also the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) chair. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG
Melvins Tea founder Flora Mutahi is also the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) chair. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG 

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.”

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