Speaking during the official launch of the Kenyatta University Coffee House Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, announced that the Coffee Directorate has plans to start coffee shops in all universities in the country.
The move is in a bid to increase coffee consumption among Kenyans.
“Setting up coffee houses in public universities to promote domestic consumption of Kenyan coffee has been a dream for the ministry,” the CS stated in a speech read by the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Lawrence Omuhaka.
The KU coffee house is the second to be opened in a public university. The maiden coffee shop was opened at Egerton University on Thursday, August 19.
Omuhaka revealed that there are two other coffee houses opened in private universities. The four were constructed within a period of five years.
One is at the United States International University- Africa (USIU) being run by Nairobi Java Coffee House while the other at Strathmore University is being managed by Rockbern Coffee Ltd.
The ministry targets to open four more coffee houses in public universities within four years. This will see the growth in consumption of coffee from the current 3 per cent to 7 per cent by 2025.
Munya explained that the establishment of coffee houses has accrued benefits for the institutions of higher learning. Last year, the government officiated the use of flavouring milk yoghurt at Dedan Kimathi University.
The institution has its own branded coffee, Dedan Kimathi University Coffee, which it sells in the local market.
He challenged the professors in the universities as well as the students to come up with locally manufactured coffee making equipment through fabrication and patenting of coffee making machines and reverse engineering.
The Cabinet Secretary also revealed that the ministry had witnessed a milestone in the development of the domestic market for Kenyan coffee. The total volume of coffee improved from 509 metric tonnes in 2009/10 to 1,577 metric tonnes in the 2019/20 year.
He commended the Coffee Directorate for spearheading the promotion of value addition in coffee and consumption of Kenyan coffee in the country through aggressive promotional campaigns.
The CS added that the consumption of coffee supports the Manufacturing and Food Security Pillars of the Big Four Agenda.