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Tea was introduced to Kenya in 1903 by G.W.L. Canine and in the 1930's commercial planting began. Although planting was cut back in 1933 because of a depressed market, tea is today one of Kenya's most important cash crops.

The first Tea bushes have grown into large trees, forming an historical feature on what is now Unilever’s Mabroukie Tea Estate.

In Kenya there are both large plantations and what are called smallholdings. Kenya is the largest producers of tea in Africa, and it has quadrupled its exports over the last decade. Tea is also one of the most important drinks in the country itself.

The Tea Board of Kenya and the Tea Research Institute work constantly to help the industry, and the returns from the industry, help the country.

Currently, Kenya prides itself as one of the world's leading black Tea producers.

TEA is the second most popular beverage in the world. Only water is rated higher in world consumption than tea. It is estimated that somewhere between 18 and 20 billion 6 oz. cups of tea are drunk daily on our planet. An extension of numbers would indicate that the United States only imports enough tea annually to keep world usage rates going for 2 days.

What is Tea?

Tea is a beverage made from the processed leaf of a plant whose Latin name is: Camellia sinensis. Some of us who have been around for a long time in the tea industry still call it by its now out-dated name of Thea sinensis. But Camellia or Thea makes little difference; it is what comes out of the tea pot that is of importance.

Tea is a stimulant, a very mild stimulant, since it contains caffeine. It contains fewer milligrams of caffeine per equal-sized cup than does coffee, but more than cocoa. Tea contains small quantities of tannic compounds technically called polyphenols (not tannic acid used in tanning leather), vitamin A, B2, C, D, K, and P, plus a number of minerals in trace amounts and also aromatic oils. The tannin compounds and essential oils are, in the main, responsible for the flavor of tea, the color, the astringency (dryness), and the delightful aromatics. These last two substances or compounds join forces to produce the high, medium and base notes of tea that one experience (these are further described in the section of the site dealing with "How We Taste Tea"). These compounds which combine to produce the delicate and sought-after nuance flavors of tea cannot be determined chemically by analysis of the tea. All tea analysis comes out basically the same regardless of the variety or where in the world the tea is grown. It is in the well-developed palate of tea devotees that this decision of goodness is allowed to rest its case.

Tea is, for the most part, healthful to humans; however, individuals can misuse tea by drinking too much of it or making it too strong. As with many things we ingest, moderation and restraint are watchwords.

Adapted from Tea Board of Kenya and EATTA.

Kenyan tea is sold at the Mombasa Auction, held every Monday except on public holidays, in which it is held on the day after the public holiday.

Mombasa Auction has become a world re-nowned tea market centre for East and Central Africa tea producing countries. The Auction is conducted under the supervision of the East Africa Tea Trade Association (EATTA).

The selling broker announces the line of tea on sale, and invites bids in US Dollars per kilogramme. The buyers announce their bids, which advances by at least one US cent per kg. The tea is knocked to the highest bidder, and the next lot is offered for sale.

Before the Auction

Tea factory companies do not sell their own teas, but each is represented by a Selling Broker, who is responsible for cataloguing the teas for sale.

Each factory invoice is allocated a lot number, and this becomes the main reference for each tea in the auction. Buyers are provided with samples in advance of the auction to that they can be measured and tasted.

The broker gives each lot of tea a valuation, based on factors such as the previous week’s price for similar tea, and any changes in quality.

The catalogues have a standard format,: lot, factory mark, grade, invoice, number of packages, package type, net weight, weight per package. The standard unit is a pallet of 20 sacks, and most lots will comprise multiple pallets.

The Auction

The auction is held in public and is an ‘open cry’ system, i.e. buyers compete for lots of tea by bidding against each other in an auction room.

Each lot is sold (“knocked”) to the highest bidder, as long as the price has reached a minimum level set by the broker.

Because most lots comprise multiple pallets, each lot can be divided between several buyers, each taking one or more pallets.

Buyers must pay for their purchases within ten days, and these payments are automatically transferred to producers via an electronic payment system.

Buyers

Buyers fit into 3 broad categories:

1. Those who buy and ship individual lots on orders from clients.

2. Those who buy teas for blending as bulk standards for clients.

3. Those who buy on their own account for stock and trading,

They will put their own valuations on each tea, depending on its suitability for their requirements. Buyers will then set their own quantity and price targets, or receive instructions from clients.

Market Prices

Buyers operating in the auction will have different quantities to buy, and different price limits. The bidding for each lot continues, and the price continues to rise, until some buyers’ limits are reached and the demand for tea reduces to the amount of tea on offer.

The auction follows the normal pattern of supply and demand: prices rise when there is strong competition and fall when there is less demand.

Teas for which there is no demand, or where prices offered are not considered high enough by the broker, are “taken out”, i.e. not sold.

Key factors affecting price movements are tea supply (weather and crops), buying activity in export markets, movements in other world auction prices, availability of cash, and currency fluctuations.

Why do teas fetch such different prices?

Although the teas on sale can at first appear similar, differences can in fact be significant. Even if teas have the same ‘grade’ (e.g. PF1), this is a nominal way of categorising teas and the grades themselves have no strict definitions. Two teas graded PF1 can easily have very different taste characteristics and even a different leaf size and appearance.

Leaf density is becoming increasingly important in key markets, where some customers have very strict standards. Teas that are light (i.e. have a high volume per 100g) cannot be bought for these customers and are therefore discounted or even ignored by buyers.

Differences in the taste and appearance of tea liquors also affect price differentials, and tend to follow regional patterns. Generally speaking, teas that have a more yellow/golden colour get higher prices than those with a browner/redder colour.

Directors:

  • J KIREMA, Director (Kenyan)
  • F. Kananu, Operations (Kenyan)
  • D. Muthamia (Kenyan)

Tea Executive

  • Rodgers Lai

Accounts:

  • Lawrence Odhiambo
  • Anderson Maina

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Mombasa Advance Logostics Ltd TSS Towers, 9th Floor, Nkrumah Road, Mombasa, Kenya Tel:+254-722-527 585 | 722 775 786

Brief Information

Mombasa Advance Logistics Ltd is a licensed and accredited exporter strategically based in Mombasa, the gateway of East and Central Africa via sea and in close proximity to the Mombasa Tea Auction Centre. The company specializes in export and import of various grades of Tea and Coffee from Africa to different destinations across the world.