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In the early 20s the young Scot Maclean Kay bought his first piece of land in Malawi from a tobacco farmer to grow TEA.

His son Robert who got his nickname Chip when an American lady laid her eyes on the baby boy and said with a strong accent "Oh...he really looks like a chip off the block".Chip took over from his dad and did not slow down until he sadly passed away in the early 2020. In his late 80's he used to visit the factory several times a day (and night) and made sure he learned something new about anything by 12:00 each day. Satemwa will not be the same without him but we hear his voice in our head and we are trying hard to follow in his footsteps.

You will find his wife Dawn that was also born in Malawi in the sales office or if she is not there in the garden with a lot of dogs in tow.

Alexander "Alex" is their oldest son and he started varsity studying economics, but it didn't take very long before he realised, that was not what he wanted to do so quickly changed to Horticulture instead. Now he is in charge of most things that involve running Satemwa, including checking the accounts from time to time.


Farming is not an easy path with lots of ups and downs, a bit like the roads around us here. But we are all 100% passionate and committed about our farm that is our home, and there is defiantly a very stubborn streak in all the Kays (big and small).


We really do LOVE our Teas and Coffee and can't wait to share our passion with you!


Huntingdon House

The original house that Maclean Kay built in the mid -30s has been made in to a boutique hotel with 5 rooms. We have tried to keep the original atmosphere of the house and want you to feel like you are at home. If you would like to visit us or stay the night please use this link below.

If you fancy getting to know us a bit better and want to see what goes on around the farm on a daily basis, please click on the FARM NEWS button below.

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