Welcome to Coffee Directorate

Coffee was first planted in Kenya in 1893.There was no statutory control, in the coffee industry, during that time. Individuals handled the marketing of the coffee. Coffee Directorate was established in 1933 and it’s role was regulatory. The Coffee Marketing Directorate (CMB) was established in 1946 and became fully operational in 1947 to cater for the coffee marketing activities The CMB was abolished in 1971 and its functions consolidated with those of the Coffee Directorate Kenya (CBK).

Since then, CBK has been managing the industry up to 2001 when a new Coffee Act 2001 No. 9, was enacted that specified new roles for the CBK as an industry regulator. There have been volatile and pervasive changes in the Kenyan business environment, following the liberalization of the major sectors of the economy.


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