Belgium now largest Kenya coffee market

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Belgium now largest Kenya coffee market


A farmer in Tuiyo, Kapseret Constituency of Uasin Gishu County during harvesting of ripe berries on September 25, 2021. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NMG

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Summary

  • The European nation imported Kenyan coffee worth Sh6.5 billion in the year to June 2021.
  • The US has for the last four years been holding at the top after toppling Germany in 2018, the position that Berlin had held for a decade.
  • The US emerged second in terms of purchases having bought coffee worth Sh4 billion in the review period.

Belgium has toppled America as Kenya’s top export market for coffee for the first time in a decade.

The European nation imported Kenyan coffee worth Sh6.5 billion in the year to June 2021. This was nearly double what it bought in the prior year, overtaking the United States as the top buyer of the beverage.

The US has for the last four years been holding at the top after toppling Germany in 2018, the position that Berlin had held for a decade.

The US emerged second in terms of purchases having bought coffee worth Sh4 billion in the review period.

“While the top five countries remain the same for the two-season, it is important to note that Belgium improved from position three in the previous year to the top position in 2020/21,” said the head of the Coffee Directorate Enosh Akuma.

Statistics from Coffee Directorate indicate Belgium bought 8.9 million kilogrammes of the produce up from six million kilos while the US bought 6.1 million kilos against nine million a year earlier.

Until 2017, Germany was the largest buyer of Kenyan coffee, but its dominance was breached by America in 2018, which emerged top for the first time and held that position until last year.

The US took the top spot in 2018 after Kenya aggressively marketed its specialty coffee during the 2018 Specialty Coffee Association of America symposium in Seattle.

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