Tea was introduced to Kenya at Limuru in 1903, and the African country has since taken the crown as one of the largest tea-producing countries today. It currently produces enough tea to place it third behind China and India in total annual tea production, with a majority of this being black tea. The Caine brothers were the first to plant tea in Kenya.
It was some twenty years before Kenyan tea really took off. The first large commercial tea estate was established in 1924, which opened up the market for many more estates. The tea industry in Kenya then went without rules or standards until 1950, when the Tea Board of Kenya was formed.