Kenya has built a reputation as one of the world’s largest coffee producers, and is now evolving by embracing sustainable practices and profitability over productivity. Your Global Partner In Milling, Warehousing And Marketing Of Quality Kenyan Coffee. NEW KENYA PLANTERS CO-OPERATIVE UNION (NEW KPCU) is a State Corporation under the State Department for Co-operatives, which falls under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Co-operatives. NKPCU was born out of a need for the coffee sector to continue its pioneering role and to take a more collaborative, holistic and aligned approach to coffee sustainability with a farmer-oriented agenda. NKPCU works on increasing demand and supply of sustainability produced coffee in order to ensure diversity and viability of the Kenyan Coffee Sector.
Although coffee originated in Ethiopia in the 9th century, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that it took hold commercially in Kenya, thanks to the efforts of a British settler named George Williamson.
By 1903, Williamson had more than 1,000 acres under tea and coffee cultivation in Kenya. His farm developed into the center of a small but thriving Kenyan coffee-growing industry in the 1930s, with most plantations owned by European settlers.
Since then, Kenya has significantly expanded its production of coffee beyond these areas to other lands around Mount Kenya, Mount Elgon, the Aberdare Range, the Rift Valley, Western Highlands and the Lake Region.
Nowadays, in addition to large-scale operations, small-scale farmers also grow coffee on privately owned farms. In fact, approximately six million Kenyans make their livelihood in the coffee sector today.
If you’re a fan of the film Out of Africa, you might have heard of Baroness Karen Blixen, played by Meryl Streep. The film depicts her coffee farm in the Ngong Hills, southwest of Nairobi.
Born in Denmark in 1885, Baroness Blixen dreamed of living and owning a coffee farm in Kenya. In 1913, that dream came true when she bought the land that would later become her beloved home.
She was one of the first people to grow coffee in Kenya. However, as more people pursued coffee farming, prices dropped. Consequently, Karen found herself stuck with high production costs and low prices.
She eventually went bankrupt and returned to Denmark, where she died in 1962. Her book, Out of Africa, inspired the making of this famous Academy Award-winning romance drama.
KPCU Milling Services
• Milling charges at the rate of 40 US$/Ton
•Colour sorting charges at the rate of 2.5 US$/Ton
•Handling charges at the rate 1.75 US$/60kg bag cc
•Regrading for estate cured coffee 35 US$ per clean Ton
•Export Bags 3.0 US$ plus 16% VAT
•Marketing charges at the rate of 2.5 % on gross sales
•Warehousing charge (not applicable to farmers/growers milling and marketing with New KPCU)
Opening Hours: 8am Mon-Fri / Closing Hours: 5pm Mon-FriClosed: Sat-Sun / Holidays: Closed
NEW KENYA PLANTERS CO-OPERATIVE UNION (NEW KPCU) CONTACTS
POST OFFICE BOX 59638-00200 Nairobi
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