US roasters to raise Kenya’s coffee imports 25 per cent

A farmer plucks ripe coffee berries from his farm. FILE PHOTO | BENSON MOMANYI | NMG
A farmer plucks ripe coffee berries from his farm: The Coffee Directorate is exhibiting Kenya’s specialty coffee at the annual global coffee meeting that brings together key stakeholders in the sector. FILE PHOTO | BENSON MOMANYI | NMG 

American roasters are expected to raise coffee purchases from Kenya by a quarter to Sh3.5 billion annually after the country showcased its produce in the ongoing symposium in Seattle, US.

Coffee Directorate made a pitch for Kenya’s specialty coffee during the exhibition to have the US, which pays a premium price for the commodity, increase its uptake 25 per cent.

America buys seven per cent of Kenya’s annual export of 46,000 metric tonnes but it pays highly compared to the other top buyers.

US buyers currently pay Sh500 a kilogramme compared to Germany that is the leading importer but pays Sh300 for the same quantity, according to the directorate.