The United States beating Belgium and Germany for the second year in a row, has retained its hold as the top global buyer of Kenya’s coffee with purchases worth Sh4.4 billion ($40,759,610) in the 2019/20 period.
Up until 2017, Germany was the largest buyer of Kenyan coffee, a position that it had held for nearly a decade.
Coffee Directorate statistics put America at the top having bought 9.1 million kilogrammes in the crop year which ended in October 2020, up from 6.6 million kilogrammes.
America offered the highest price per kilo at Sh475 ($4.40) compared with Germany Sh410 ($3.80) during the 2020 season.
Kenya exports most of its coffee as cleaned beans. It exports only five as roasted coffee. According to the directorate, Kenya exported 98% of the commodity in the review period as green coffee.
The east African country is seeking to raise the amount of locally roasted coffee by five to 10%n annually over the next five years.