BEHIND THE NAME
Created by our founders wife, Denise Mbise, Kumbe comes from the Kiswahili word used as an interjection of disbelief and excitement, more specifically "wow" and wow is right! Over the years, founder Exaudh Mbise, has brought coffee back to the U.S. for personal use, then more friends and family asked for some too. Their reaction to the coffee was WOW! This is where the idea for a business began.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
Exaudh Mbise was born on Mt. Meru in Arusha, Tanzania, where he grew up helping his family with many different things but the main one being, coffee farming. As he got older, he later moved to America after marrying his wife, and wanted to start a business where he could make his own money and also help his community back home by creating more economic and financial opportunities.
With the help of his family, Kumbe Coffee is able to be where it is today and they are proud and excited to be able to bring quality coffee to you!
Shown above are a few co-op members representing small coffee farmers from different villages, and are also farmers themselves. Over 90% of the coffee grown in Tanzania is used only for export purposes. To a small coffee grower coffee is only good when they are able to find a market and sell it. This is because you can't use coffee directly for food, but you can sell it and use the money to buy other necessities. Helping these farmers find a market that works for them is the most important part of the struggle to sustain their livelihood. So we are here to help those coffee growers get access to those markets and get the best competitive prices for their crops.