Inside Kenya’s Coffee Market – Part 1 (#34)

In this episode, I have the pleasure of sitting down with my friend Kennedy Keya, director of trading and operations at C.Dorman in Kenya.

Join us as we delve into our coffee-buying process in Kenya today.

In the past year, there have been significant changes in how the coffee market operates in Kenya. Previously, companies like C.Dorman were involved in multiple stages of the coffee production process. However, new regulations now limit companies to performing just one role within the coffee value chain. Kennedy, representing C.Dorman, shares valuable insights into how they are adapting to these changes and discusses the potential impact of these changes on the future of the coffee industry in Kenya.

We also discuss what makes Kenyan coffee so exceptional, delving into the factors that contribute to its unique flavor profile and why prices for Kenyan coffee tend to be higher compared to those from other countries.

Kennedy also share some of the challenges that have led to a decline in coffee production and quality in Kenya in recent years, offering thoughtful perspectives on potential solutions to reverse this trend.

Music by my uncle Jens Wendelboe.

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