tea planting in the kericho region of kenya

tea planting in kenya - photo by anthony ngo

Between the Rift Valley and Lake Victoria, the region of Kericho lies at an altitude of 2,200 metres (7,200 feet); its soil has been impoverished by erosion, but its daily abundance of rain and sunshine makes it suitable for tea-planting.

During the harvest, only the top leaves are picked. Every plant has its own unique colour, and the different shades of green indicate the quality of the tea produced. Narrow paths divide the plots of land belonging to the small farmers who are responsible for 60 percent of Kenya’s tea production.

The remaining 40 percent is produced in large plantations run by multinational companies, who employ large numbers of people and invest heavily in local infrastructure, providing hospitals and schools in the surrounding towns.

Photo and caption by Anthony Ngo, you can see more of Anthony’s photos here.

2 Responses to “tea planting in the kericho region of kenya”
  1. Geoff says:

    I’ve never tried Kenyan single estate teas. I’m sure I’ve had ’em blended, but that doesn’t truly count. I wonder what the flavor profile is.

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