Dormans was established in 1950 as Kenya's first coffee roastery. The founders, Charles and Ellen Dorman wanted to bring the coffee drinking experience closer to home. Until then, coffee from the region had only been exported in its raw or green form. Sadly, Charles died a premature death in 1960 but Ellen carried on the business determined to fulfill his dream.
In her quest to provide a delightful coffee drinking experience to every consumer, Ellen creatively developed unique coffee blend formulations to meet the varied taste profiles of the different market segments. It was this passion and commitment that earned her the nickname ‘The grand old dame of coffee’. Many of her blend formulations remain popular to this day.
In 1986 Jeremy Block, in partnership with a UK multinational, purchased the business from a retiring Ellen.
Over the years, Dormans has pioneered many initiatives to spur local consumption and today, is the most trusted coffee brand in the East African market.
Dormans set up Africa's first Coffee Training School, Nairobi School of Coffee.
Dormans has connected many of the graduates to their hospitality clients, thus contributing to the employment of thousands of youth. The NSoC certificate is well sought-after by employers seeking to recruit qualified Baristas at their restaurants and coffee shops.
Dormans pioneered the introduction of the Kenya National Barista Championships in Nairobi. The event has grown in popularity over the years.
The event has helped enhance awareness of a Barista as a professional coffee maker.Winners compete at the World Barista Championships, an event organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe and the Specialty Coffee Association of America.
Dormans opened its first Coffee shop - a chain of shops followed.
Dormans introduced ‘Coffee on the Go’ serving delightful coffee from a Mobile Coffee Cart, the first ever in the region.
Dormans sold the assets of their coffee shops to a Partner who continues to operate a successful chain of coffee shops.
Dormans set up their own syrups manufacturing line. The range of syrups complement our coffee blends and give our hospitality and domestic customers the option of creating an exciting range of coffee drinks
expertly crafted.. delightfully served
Dormans is renowned for consistent quality and freshness of coffee. Our diverse product and service offering is aimed at providing a wholesome experience for our customers.
Our success hinges on meticulous quality control and robust food management systems which were designed to meet the safety requirements of our customers and consumers. Our certifications attest to our corporate goals.
Dormans was the first coffee roasting company in Africa to be accredited with:
FSSC 22000 (incl. ISO 22000)
A fully recognized Global Food Safety Initiative based on ISO standards.
Affirms our commitment to food safety and hazard controls
Provides assurance that farmers receive a fair share of industry benefits, workers along the chain have good working conditions and apply practices which prohibit child or forced labor. This initiative aims at making a positive impact on the livelihood of farmers and workers.
Guarantees sustainable coffee production from farm to shop
The Coffee Kenya Mark
Certification of 100% pure Kenyan coffee
Variety. We offer a wide variety of coffee blends to meet the different taste profiles of our customers, both local and the world over. We have different roast and grind profile to suit varied methods of making coffee.
Value. Our partnerships along the coffee chain place us in a unique position to offer best value for every blend we offer.
Quality & Expertise. Roasting is an art and a science. Through roasting the chemical and physical properties of the coffee are transformed. Masterful roasting enhances the nuances, aroma and best characteristics of the coffee. Dormans has decades of experience and expertise in roasting. Our investment in state-of-the-art equipment offers enhanced control over the roasting process and results in consistency in the quality of our products. Each blend is skillfully roasted in small batches to ensure peak quality. The coffee is packed in foil bags, and we flush in nitrogen before fixing a one way freshness valve. This valve locks in the flavour and aroma and protects the coffee from moisture and air.
Unparalled Services. We love what we do and it shows in the solutions we provide. Our diverse and talented staff proactively provide advice, facilitate training, undertake audits and support the maintenance of coffee machines. We also offer merchandising support and point of sale marketing material to our wholesalers. Our approach is to customize our solutions to meet our customers business goals.
Complementary Products. We supply coffee making machines and accessories such as French presses, brewers, tampers, knock-boxes among other accessories required by our hospitality customers. We also offer tea and coffee syrups.
Industry Leadership & Innovation. Our master roasters and quality control team with decades of experience have a passion for quality and sustainable innovation ensuring we remain at the forefront of innovation in our industry.
Safety & Sustainability. Our certifications attest to our commitment to safety and quality and demonstrate and that we exercise invest in enhanced risk management systems and give utmost care and attention to detail at all the stages of handling and processing our coffee so as to ensure that it is safe for consumption.
Our association with Fairtrade is evidence of our commitment to buy quality coffee from farmers at premium prices, commensurate to their efforts. Our Coffee Kenya Mark further validates our commitment to the industry.
Selection & Blending. Our experienced team of coffee liquorers select only the finest coffee for our customers to enjoy. The coffee is specially blended to bring out all the characteristics that give Kenyan coffee its world-renowned quality and flavour. The Dormans group of companies have factories, warehouses and processing plants in Nairobi, Moshi, Dar-es-Salaam and Kigali to secure and to maintain control over processes affecting quality and security of coffee from picking at farm level right to the cup.
Roasting. Dormans has been roasting premium Kenyan coffees for over 65 years, but our pursuit for perfection will never cease. We have a wide range of blends to suit different taste profiles. We offer medium and dark roasts in most of our specialty blends to cater for all tastes. Medium roasting brings out complex flavours and the resultant coffee has a lively bright taste. Dark roasts make for strong full bodied coffee.
Dormans has invested in state of the art coffee roasting technology to give assurance of consistency and give our products a qualitative distinction. Our Roastmasters meticulously blend and roast the coffee that has been carefully selected and processed. The roasted coffee is then packed immediately in foil bags with special freshness valves that lock in the flavour and aroma, protecting the roast from moisture and air.
Rewarding Excellence. The Dormans group of companies is committed to supporting coffee farmers who take enormous care in growing coffee. Sustainability and ethical sourcing are key elements of our buying policy. An Annual Dormans Quality Competition is held where prizes are awarded to farmers and co-operatives to reward and recognize excellence in coffee production.