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Coffee Board of KENYA



Be a reputable facilitator for the Development, Promotion and overall oversight for the coffee industry.


To provide a conducive environment for the growth of the industry through regulation, building partnerships, promoting competitiveness, value addition through branding thus enhance quality/production for producers and consumer satisfaction.


The Coffee Board of Kenya is the apex body for the coffee industry, established in 1934 after the enactment of the coffee industry ordinance in 1933.  The Board was charged with the responsibility to carry out regulation and marketing of coffee.  The auctions as a mode of selling Kenya coffee was established in 1934 and created in 1935 to enhance quality assessment through the grading.  This role has changed over time through various amendments to the law.   In 2001, the coffee Act cap 333 was repeated and the coffee Act No. 9 of 2001 enacted, establishing the Board as a statutory body under the Ministry of Agriculture, solely to regulate the coffee industry.


The object and purpose for which the Board is established is to promote competition in the coffee industry, production, processing and value addition including branding of Kenya coffee locally and internationally, and generally to regulate the coffee industry in the public interest.  The following general objectives form the basis for the Boards activities.

  • To formulate policies and rules to regulate and develop the coffee industry in the consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • To carry out registration and licensing of coffee nurseries, growers, pulping stations, millers, marketing agents, management agents, buyers, roasters, packers, warehousemen and auctioneers to ensure adherence to standards.
  • Provide advisory services related to coffee production and quality enhancement.
  • Collect, collate, analyze data, maintain a database on the coffee industry and document and monitor it through registration of persons dealing with coffee.
  • Advise and guide Coffee Research Foundation in the carrying out of research in all matters related to the coffee industry.
  • Representing the Government in international for a in regards to coffee matters.
  • Arbitrate in case of any disputes in the industry.
  • Carry out other functions aimed at the promotion of the industry.


In order to enable the industry competitively embrace the ever changing industry dynamics both locally and internally, the government has continuously provided the required policy and legal reforms.

In deed, the role of the government through (CBK) has so far been reduced to that of providing an enabling environment to all the players by creating a level playing field.

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