It was the site of a British Army base before Kenya's independence and now hosts the Kahawa Barracks of Kenyan Army. Kenyatta University is also located in Kahawa. Kahawa was also home to Nakumatt Thika Road outlet, but it was demolished in 2008 to pave way for road construction.
Kahawa lies to the north of Githurai, a Nairobi suburb and settlement along the Kenya-Uganda Railway. Geographically Kahawa extends beyond Nairobi borders to Ruiru, containing the estates of Kahawa Sukari (literally coffee with sugar), Kahawa Wendani and Mwihoko.
- Hansen, Karen Tranberg; Mariken Vaa (2004). Reconsidering informality: perspectives from urban Africa. Nordic Africa Institute. p. 164. ISBN 978-91-7106-518-6.
- Google Maps: Kahawa
- Percox, David A. (2004). Britain, Kenya and the cold war: imperial defence, colonial security and decolonisation. I.B.Tauris. p. 87. ISBN 978-1-85043-460-3.
- Jane's, July 7, 2009: IMINT tracks T-72 tanks towards South Sudan
- Yellow Pages Kenya: Kenyatta University
- Daily Nation, November 2, 2009: Huge losses as buildings razed
- "The Kamusi Project - kahawa". Retrieved 5 December 2009.
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