Imperial Teas (EPZ) Ltd.
Kingorani EPZ Complex
Mombasa-Nairobi Highway
P.O.Box 17091-80100

About Kenyan Tea

Tea was first planted in Limuru near Nairobi by G.W.L Caine in 1903. Commercial cultivation of tea in Kenya commenced in the 1930’s. Tea is today one of Kenya’s most important cash crops. Kenya is acknowledged world wide as one of the world’s leading Black Tea producers.

The Tea Industry in Kenya comprises of two distinct sectors. The corporate plantation sector owning large extents of land under Tea and the small holder sector owning small extents of land under Tea. The Small holder sector has registered more than half million growers who are located across the Tea growing areas in the country. The small holder sector leaf is manufactured by factories belonging to the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA).

The Tea growing areas in Kenya have the benefit of an ideal climate for Tea. Tropical, volcanic red soils with well distributed rainfall ranging between 1200mm to 1400mm per annum with long sunny days are extremely favourable for growing Tea. Production is round the year with two main peak seasons of high cropping between March and June and October to December which coincide with the rainy seasons. The famous Tea growing regions are found both East and West of the Great Rift Valley within altitudes of between 1,500 meters and 2,700 meters.

Only planting material recommended by the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya which has been vegetatively propagated resulting in high yields are used by growers. Kenya’s high quality Teas are made from the tender two leaves and a bud. The young shoots are plucked in regular cycles ranging from 7 to 14 days. Almost 99% of Kenya Teas are manufactured using the Cut, Tear and Curl (CTC) method to ensure maximum cuppage per unit weight. Kenya prides itself as the producer of the best Black Tea of CTC manufacture in the world due to good agronomical and manufacturing practices and ideal Tea growing conditions.

Mark of Origin

The use of the Mark of origin is granted solely by the Tea Board of Kenya upon satisfying the requirements as per the management system of certification. The consumer packs and containers bearing the mark must contain 100% Tea produced in Kenya.

The Kenya Tea branded with the mark of origin must be manufactured according to the Kenyan Tea Industry code of practice (KS2128).

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