Dormans Coffee Ltd (Dormans) was founded by Charles and Ellen Dorman in 1950, and has grown to become East Africa’s premier coffee roaster. They supply a diverse range of freshly roasted coffee blends to hotels, coffee-shops, supermarkets and wholesalers countrywide. Consistency and quality are the distinguishing features which have made Dormans a trusted household brand.
Dormans also runs ‘The Nairobi School of Coffee’ which offers Barista skills training and other bespoke coffee courses. As agents of some of the world’s best international brands of coffee machines, They are able to source the best equipment and accessories for their partners.
Their team has an abundance of knowledge and can offer advice, training and tailor made solutions for our customers. Over the years, Dormans has pioneered many initiatives to spur local consumption.
The coffee industry of Kenya is noted for its cooperative system of production, processing, milling, marketing, and auction system. About 70% of Kenyan coffee is produced by small- scale holders. It was estimated in 2012 that there were about 150,000 coffee farmers in Kenya and other estimates are that six million Kenyans were employed directly or indirectly in the coffee industry. The major coffee-growing regions in Kenya are the high plateaus around Mount Kenya, the Aberdare Range, Kisii, Nyanza, Bungoma, Nakuru, Kericho and to a smaller scale in Machakos and Taita hills in Eastern and coast provinces respectively. .
The acidic soil in highlands of central Kenya, just the right amount of sunlight and rainfall provide excellent conditions for growing coffee plants. Coffee from Kenya is of the ‘Colombia mild’ type, and is well known for its intense flavor, full body, and pleasant aroma with notes of cocoa and high grade coffee from Kenya is one of the most sought-after coffees in the world. However, due to a property boom in areas that grew coffee and price instability, production in this African Great Lakes country fell from about 130,000 metric tons in 1987/8 to 40,000 tons in 2011/12
(Dormans) NOTABLE MILESTONES
Dormans set up Africa’s first Coffee Training School, Nairobi School of Coffee.
Dormans has connected many of the graduates to their hospitality clients, thus contributing to the employment of thousands of youth. The NSoC certificate is well sought-after by employers seeking to recruit qualified Baristas at their restaurants and coffee shops.
Dormans pioneered the introduction of the Kenya National Barista Championships in Nairobi. The event has grown in popularity over the years.
The event has helped enhance awareness of a Barista as a professional coffee maker.Winners compete at the World Barista Championships, an event organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe and the Specialty Coffee Association of America.
Dormans opened its first Coffee shop – a chain of shops followed.
Dormans introduced ‘Coffee on the Go’ serving delightful coffee from a Mobile Coffee Cart, the first ever in the region.
Dormans becomes the first company in the coffee industry to successfully pass ISO 22000 audits.
Dormans sold the assets of their coffee shops to a Partner who continues to operate a successful chain of coffee shops.
Dormans set up their own syrups manufacturing line. The range of syrups complement our coffee blends and give our hospitality and domestic customers the option of creating an exciting range of coffee drinks.
Dormans Coffee Ltd. Contacts
Tatu Industrial Park
PO Box 30147-00100
Tel: +254 67 586 3000
Notable coffee estates, cooperatives and factories
- MAGUTA COFFEE ESTATE – Nyeri, Muruguru (Specialty Organic Coffee & origin trips)
- Gikanda Cooperative Society — Gichathaini, Kangocho and Ndaroini Factories (Mathira, Nyeri)
- Kirimiri (Thika)
- Kibirigwi Farmers Cooperative Society (kirinyaga)
- New Gikaru (Nyeri-Mukurwe-ini)
- Tekangu Cooperative Society — Tegu, Karogoto and Ngunguru Factories (Mathira, Nyeri)
- Thiriku Farmers Co-op Society (Thingingi Area, Nyeri)
- Mutheka Farmers Co-operative Society – Chorong’i Coffee Factory (Nyeri) Archived 2015-04-03 at the Wayback Machine, Kigwandi Coffee Factory (Nyeri), Kihuyo Coffee Factory (Nyeri) Archived 2015-04-04 at the Wayback Machine, Muthuaini Coffee Factory (Nyeri) Archived 2015-04-07 at the Wayback Machine, Kamuyu Coffee Factory (Nyeri) Archived 2015-04-03 at the Wayback Machine, Kaihuri Coffee Factory (Nyeri)
- Iyego Farmers Cooperative Society – Main, Mununga, Gatubu, Marimira, Gitura, Kirangano, Watuha (Murang’a)
- Karunguru coffee estate (Juja Kenya)
- Othaya Co-operative Society (Othaya, Nyeri)
- Rung’eto Farmers Co-operative Society – Kii, Karimikui and Kiangoi Factories (Kirinyaga County, Ngariama ward)
- Baragwi Farmers Co-operative Society – Karumandi, Kianyaga, Gachame Factories
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