With a growing interest in specialty teas, the
from drought and famine that had swept the
KTDA has recently begun to diversify into
region-- slowing crop production, driving up
orthodox manufacture at some factories, the
food prices, increasing inflation, and straining
first of which was the Kangaita Tea Estate.
Select clonal tea plants produce an excellent variety of leafy grades made with special
Much of Kenya is semi arid landscape which
machinery imported from India.
will continue to dry up. As it does, farmers will
have been so successful that plans are
need to seek higher elevations to ensure
underway to expand orthodox lines, now being
sufficient rainfall. But even on Mount Kenya,
manufactured at over 10 KTDA factories as
the second highest mountain in Africa, only 10
well as at private tea plantations.
glaciers remain of the 18 that once covered its peaks.
Within the next 25 years, warming
Further exploits into orthodox manufacture
temperatures could mean that there will no
include the creation of a unique special
longer be any ice on Mount Kenya. The lands
cultivar known as purple tea which has a
surrounding the mountain are important tea
bright and unique hue. Factories are also
growing regions and the dying glaciers are
making various styles of small batch green,
impacting the livelihoods of farmers
white, and oolong teas. Despite the challenges, Kenya tea will Climate Change is an increasing reality in
continue to gain in prominence as a quality
Kenya as weather extremes have become
tea origin. It is a relatively young tea industry
commonplace. In the past few years, torrential
that has much to offer in terms of quality and
rains displaced 260,000 people; the floods
innovation. Asante Sana!
came just as many people were recovering