In Kericho, which is 2,000m above sea level, we produce 23 million kgs of made tea every year. We benefit from the deep rich loam soils which are high in organic content. Combined with the ideal climate, we have the perfect environment for high yields of good quality tea.
There are approximately 1,500 different varieties of tea in the world, all offering interesting and varied styles, taste and colour. The character of tea, like wine, is influenced by the elevation of the garden, the soil, wind conditions and temperature and, of course, the quality of the plucking. In Kenya we produce the following “marks” from the factories indicated below:
The teas are very bright, colourful, with a reddish coppery tint and a pleasant brisk flavour. Kenya speciality tea is ideal as a drink for any time of day or night.
At Kericho we are always striving for ways to reduce our impact on the environment. Our vision for energy supply is to be completely self-sufficient in electrical and thermal energy by 2030. Our aspiration is to generate all this energy in carbon neutral generating plants.
Today, on our estate, we benefit from having access to large areas of forestry, of which we fell around 30 hectares per annum of timber. This timber is used to provide carbon neutral, thermal energy by burning the wood. At Kericho we pioneer and are proud of our initiatives to provide self-generating natural power sources (50% hydro-electric).
Our people are at the heart of our business in Kenya. We employ 9,500 people who live on our estates; we provide them, and their families, with housing, schooling and medical services. This amounts to more than 11,000 houses, 13 dispensaries, 14 primary schools, 49 nursery schools, 1 secondary school and 3,000 kitchen gardens.