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China’s growing thirst for black and purple tea from Kenya led to a sizeable 5 million kilograms per year agreement this month. Read more

Tea Report

Menno Simmons, founder of Trabocca coffee traders, is an expert on Ethiopian specialty coffee. “I wanted to create, to get my boots dirty, to face the challenges and most of all: to add value in Ethiopia,” he writes. See his conversation with STiR. Read more

Features

The United Nations describes the droughts of 2017 across the Eastern and Southern regions and Horn of Africa as the worst in decades. Read more

Tea Report

The world is realizing African coffee has its perks. Countries including Ethiopia, Uganda, the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) and Kenya are seeking to boost production during the next five years. Read more

Features

A five-year strategy for Kenya’s coffee sub-sector is focused on the revival, strengthening and adequate resourcing for more than 500 primary coffee cooperatives that receive, process, and market coffee. Read more

Features

Five international research teams are working across the African continent to generate a fundamentally new climate science focused on its impact on human development. Read more

Tea Report

Low-quality green beans and lower international prices pushed Kenyan coffee values down 10% in early April, according to a government official. The price of a 50-kilo bag fell from $96.67 to $86.80. Read more

Coffee Report

A $1.5 million upgrade announced by the East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) will for the first time automate the world’s highest volume tea auction. Read more

Tea Report

Java House, east Africa’s largest coffee chain, has signed a distribution deal with Green Chain. The agreement calls for Java House to sell 10 to 15 tons of beans each month. Read more

Coffee Report

Tea sector players demand that the government remove 38 of the multiple levies and fees they pay. Read more

Tea Report

Energy costs have created a vicious cycle in Kenya’s tea production. Read more

Tea Report

A group of 130 smallholder tea farmers in Kenya has registered a new company whose goal is to market its unique premium offer: purple tea. Read more

Tea Report

Smallholders on tea farms around the world are learning the power of marketing artisan teas direct from origin. Read more

Features

Four million of Kenya’s population depend on tea for their living. One of the biggest threats they face is from crop losses. Read more

Tea Report

Coffee transportation in East Africa, long a barrier to efficient supply, could greatly improve as governments in the region and the private sector roll out initiatives to address bottlenecks that delay cargo movement and increase the cost. Read more

Features

Kenya faces many challenges in its dominant market of low price commodity tea exports. It is moving on many fronts toward premiumization. Read more

Tea Report

Annah Bisieri, a tea farmer in Kenya’s western Kisii county, had contracted with the Kenya Tea Development Agency for more than 30 years until 2010 when she opted for alternatives ways to market her tea. Read more

Features

The 3rd African Tea Convention highlighted the importance of East African teas in the global tea market. Read more

Tea Report

Five years ago Kenya might have wilted under the intense scrutiny of the global specialty coffee community. But Kenya shined during this year’s trek to Seattle as the Global Specialty Coffee Expo’s 2017 portrait country. Read more

Features

Demand for specialty loose leaf teas globally has led a few East Africa producers to add orthodox black, green, and white varieties to their range. Emrok Tea Factory, one of the most modern in Kenya, is attracting a good deal of attention. Read more

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