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The Joy and Pain of Developing Kenya’s Specialty Tea Production

Tea farmers in Kenya’s central highlands say Chinese interest in their tea is improving their income, but the journey for Chinese tea enthusiast and founder of the Chinya Tea Development Company Lewis Gao has not been easy.

He came to Kenya in 2010 as a tourist and fell in love with Kenyan black tea. Having grown up on a tea farm in Fujian Province, he decided to try out other methods of processing Kenyan tea, apart from the time-honoured crush-tear-curl method popular in most black-tea markets.

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