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Why Kenyan tea is famous

 Kenya is renowned globally for producing some of the finest teas in the world, and its tea industry is one of the country's largest foreign exchange earners. The country's tea is well-regarded for its flavor, aroma, and quality, and it is the most popular beverage consumed in Kenya. Tea production in Kenya began in the early 1900s and has since grown to become a key driver of the economy. In this article, we will explore why Kenyan tea is so famous.


Climate and Altitude

Kenya's equatorial climate provides a perfect environment for growing tea. The country has consistent rainfall throughout the year, with most tea-growing regions receiving between 1,000 and 2,000 millimeters of rainfall annually. This consistent rainfall ensures that the tea bushes are never stressed, and they grow at a steady rate, producing high-quality tea leaves. Moreover, tea grows best in areas with high altitudes, and Kenya has some of the highest tea-growing regions globally, with altitudes ranging from 1,500 to 2,700 meters above sea level. These high altitudes slow down the growth of the tea bushes, allowing them to develop more flavor and aroma.


Soil Quality

The soil in Kenya is rich in minerals and nutrients, providing the ideal growing conditions for tea. The tea-growing regions in Kenya have a high concentration of volcanic soils, which are particularly rich in minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium. The combination of high altitudes and fertile soil allows the tea bushes to produce tender, flavorful, and aromatic leaves.


Cultivation Techniques

Kenyan tea is produced using modern cultivation techniques, which include selective harvesting, withering, rolling, and oxidizing. These techniques ensure that only the finest tea leaves are used in the production process, resulting in high-quality tea. Moreover, Kenyan tea producers have invested in modern processing facilities, which employ the latest technology to ensure that the tea leaves are processed efficiently and consistently.


Tea Varieties

Kenya produces several varieties of tea, including black, green, white, and purple teas. Black tea is the most common variety produced in Kenya, accounting for about 95% of the country's tea exports. Kenya's black tea is renowned for its strong flavor and deep reddish-brown color. Green tea, on the other hand, is gaining popularity in Kenya and is produced using similar techniques to those used to produce black tea. White tea is a rare and expensive variety of tea that is produced in small quantities in Kenya.


Fair Trade Practices

Kenyan tea producers adhere to fair trade practices, ensuring that the workers involved in the tea production process are treated fairly and equitably. The country has a vibrant small-scale tea farming industry, with over 500,000 small-scale farmers producing tea on their land. These farmers are organized into cooperatives, which provide them with access to financing, training, and markets. Moreover, the Kenyan government has put in place policies to support small-scale tea farmers, such as subsidizing fertilizers and providing extension services.


Export Markets

Kenya exports tea to over 50 countries worldwide, including the UK, Pakistan, Egypt, and the US. The country's tea exports account for about 26% of the world's tea trade, making it one of the largest tea exporters globally. Kenya's tea is highly sought after due to its high quality, consistency, and fair trade practices.


In conclusion, Kenyan tea is famous for its flavor, aroma, and quality. The country's equatorial climate, high altitudes, fertile soil, modern cultivation techniques, and fair trade practices all contribute to the production of high-quality tea. The tea is exported to over 50 countries worldwide, where it is highly sought after by consumers.




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