Coffee's Role in Kenya
Kenya is characterized by the Kenyan Rift Valley and central province, which is home to the highest mountains in the country—Mount Kenya and Mount Elgon. Its terrain rises from a low coastal plain on the Indian Ocean to mountains and plateaus at its center. The highland areas of Central Kenya provide fertile ground for farming, making Kenya one of the most agriculturally productive countries in Africa.
Despite its proximity to Ethiopia (widely believed to be the birthplace of coffee), coffee was cultivated in Kenya until the 1890s. Since then, the coffee industry has been one of the key pillars of the economy. Today, coffee is the third largest cash crop in Kenya—it’s estimated that over 700,000 small-scale and large-scale farmers are involved in coffee farming. Coffee also plays a huge role in economic and social standards, directly and indirectly benefiting about five million people in the country.
Regions & Cup Profile
March – July
SL varieties, Ruiru 11, Kent, Batian
Ruiri, Thika, Kirinyaga, Mt. Kenya West, Nyeri, Kiambu, and Muranga