“(Let's) all pull together” in Swahili.
Fully washed Kenyan Arabica coffee grown in the western Rift Valley and sourced from the producers themselves.
Kenya has historically had a well-established coffee sector and a reputation for producing excellent coffee, though it can sometimes pose a challenging environment for buyers.
About Keyan Coffee
Kenyan territory was divided into counties in 2010, but the old system of provinces is often still used to refer to coffee-growing regions. 32 of Kenya’s 47 counties produce coffee and there are five distinct coffee-growing regions: Central, Western, the Great Rift Valley, Eastern and Coastal. Most coffee grows at altitudes between 1400 and 2000 metres in deep, well-drained volcanic soils.
1400-2000 meters above sea level
Oct - Dec & Apr - Jul harvests
39,000 tonnes produced annually
21st largest arabica exporter
Seeking out new methods of sourcing Kenyan coffee
Omwani has partnered with Kenyan producer Lot 20, who support farmers in the Kericho and Bomet counties. Lot 20 are dedicated to showcasing the beauty of their region through coffee, while openly supporting the farmers in their group.
One of our core values at Omwani is transparent trading: getting to know our producer partners personally, so that we can properly represent them and their coffee.
It's for this reason that we've been on the look out for a Kenyan partner to trade directly with, without having to go through the Nairobi Coffee Exchange. Lot 20 fit this bill perfectly, which is why we jumped at the chance to work with them.
Are you a Kenyan coffee producer?
If you're looking to import green coffee to the UK we'd love to work with you click the button below to fill out a contact form and we'll get in touch about how we can support you. You can also learn more about how our partnerships work here.
The Kenyan auctioning system
Coffee in Kenya is typically sold through the Nairobi Coffee Exchange (NCE).
Once green coffee has been processed, it is passed from producer to marketing agent, who is in charge of getting the coffee sold at auction and generating any paperwork or documents needed for this.
Auctions are said to generate better prices for all coffees, exposure to a larger pool of buyers, and the creation of long-term business relationships. Some producers, however, critique the NCE for underselling their coffee and failing to distribute payment in a reasonable amount of time.
There is another method of trading for producers in Kenya, called the 'second window' which allows for farmers to sell directly to importers or roasters once they've met the correct criteria.