Kenya produces a lot coffee but it is rarely consumed locally. In fact Kenyan prefer to drink Tea and beer. This scenario prompted me to ask who was consuming all this Kenyan coffee. To resolve the question I obtained Commodity trade flow data from UN comm Trade data base. After a few previews, I got hold of Kenya coffee export data for the year 2013.
Following the download and analysis , I can report the results are in!(see below table)
|Country||Trade value in(US$)|
|7||Rep. of Korea||5,137,827.00|
Kenya export coffee to 65 countries around the world .The top three importers of this coffee are Germany,Belguim and United States of America(USA).The top ten biggest importers are on table shown above earning Kenya a whopping 15.68 billion Kenyan shillings in 2013.
There is a large market for Kenyan coffee that the government should facilitate to exploit. For example we sell small amount of coffee to China and Nigeria. This can and should be increased. Also the government should explore market where Kenya coffee does not reach like Russia and Latin America
Lastly the government should indirectly encourage Kenyan to Drink coffee produce locally. And did I mention value addition- no ?, then I should categorically say here that the government (a.k,a GOK) should offer a 5 years tax holiday for entrepreneurs who invest that kind of enterprises.
For full data used and analysis please click here…Top 10 importers of kenya coffee.