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Kenya partnership pairs coffee with comfort

An upcycling win-win

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Taylor Winch renews its partnership with Ngiri-Giri to pack its specialty coffee in kanga bags

Taylor Winch (Coffee) Ltd, Volcafe’s entity in Kenya, has renewed its partnership with Ngiri-Giri, a local brand that creates employment opportunities for many people in the disabled community.

Through this partnership, Taylor Winch ships specialty lots in 30-kilo Ngiri-Giri bags to roasters around the world. Handmade, Ngiri-Giri bags are made of kanga, a locally produced and colourful cotton fabric that is emblematic of East Africa. The bags have a special feature: they are designed to be upcycled into pillow cases that bring a unique flair to the decors of customers’ cafes and homes. The pairing of Kenyan coffees with kanga bags creates not only flavourful drinks and comfortable cushions, but also contributes to an important cause: the Ngiri-Giri workshop is deeply rooted in the community and generates valuable employment for disabled people in Watamu, a coastal village north of Mombasa.

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Coffee packed in Ngiri-Giri bags arriving at the German warehouse

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Coffee packed in Ngiri-Giri bags arriving at the German warehouse

Taylor Winch and Ngiri-Giri started their cooperation in 2021, when they shipped 236 30-kilo bags to Cofi-Com, Volcafe's entity in Australia. In the following two years, Taylor Winch shipped over 1,000 bags of coffees in Ngiri-Giri bags to Asia, Europe and Australia while promoting inclusivity and Kenyan craftsmanship in the process.

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Detail of a kanga pattern on Ngiri-Giri bags sent to the Cofi-Com team in Australia

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Detail of a kanga pattern on Ngiri-Giri bags sent to the Cofi-Com team in Australia

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Detail of a kanga pattern on Ngiri-Giri bags sent to the Cofi-Com team in Australia

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