7 Essential African Coffees
The Best African Coffee
The Birthplace of Coffee & African Beans
African coffee beans come from a wide variety of growing regions that are spread across many different countries. Coffee from Africa benefits from an ideal climate due to a close proximity to the Earth’s equator.
Ethiopia is considered to be the birthplace of coffee, and is still responsible for some of the most highly regarded coffee Africa produces. You could easily write a full article dedicated just to Ethiopian coffee. (So we did!)
If you’re familiar with the coffee Africa has to offer, you probably know that Ethiopian coffee and Kenyan coffee are the most widely recognized African coffee beans. But if you stop there, you’ll miss out on some of the best African coffee!
Here's a quick summary of picks for best African coffee brands!
African Coffee Bean Variation
As you can probably guess, there is an immense variety in the flavor profiles of coffee from Africa. Growing regions have varying altitudes and weather. The type of soil and the level of nutrients available also varies from country to country. African beans are also subject to different processing methods, which has a significant impact on the flavor profile.
African Coffee Taste Profiles
Although African beans are extremely variable, you are likely to find that they have some of the following characteristics;
These are of course, just generalizations. It's worth taking a closer look at the intricacies put forth by each African country in it's own right. We've taken the liberty of selecting representations from 7 African countries that showcase the best that the country has to offer!
The Best African Coffees
We have put together a list of the best coffees Africa has to offer. Here are 7 African coffees from 7 different countries, have a look!
Kenya AA Coffee
Roasted By: Volcanica
Taste: Rich, sweet notes of wine, citrus & berries
Kenya AA coffee is considered by many to be one of the best coffees in the world. This medium roast has an intensely sweet aroma and is very rich. Sweet notes of berries and citrus and a vibrant wine-toned acidity make this a seriously stand-out African coffee. If you're a coffee drinker, you owe it to yourself to try a Kenya AA coffee, and this is a spectacular option!
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee
Roasted By: Cubico Coffee
Taste: Complex, lime, floral & dark chocolate notes
Coffee from Ethiopia is very highly regarded, and for a good reason. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee is another contender for best coffee in the world. These beans produce a complex cup that balances notes of lime and dark chocolate perfectly with a citric acidity and fruity sweetness. The fruity flavors fade away for a nice chocolate finish. Yirgacheffe beans are truly something special.
Rwanda Ritesi Coffee
Roasted By: Cooper's Cask Coffee
Taste: Rich, notes of caramel, brown sugar & ginger
Rwandan coffee is gaining in popularity, which is great for their local farmers and coffee drinkers world-wide! Competing in the African coffee game is tough, but Rwanda beans offer something distinguished enough to succeed nonetheless! This coffee has a sweet flavor profile with hints of brown sugar and caramel. If you are a fan of African coffee, you should definitely give some Rwanda beans a try!
Burundi Kavugangoma Coffee
Roasted By: Mt. Whitney Coffee Roasters
Taste: Sweet, notes of brown sugar, tamarind & dark chocolate
This Burundi coffee and Mt. Whitney Coffee Roasters are both worthy of high praise. ALL of the profits that this fine roaster makes goes to the Father's Heart International Foundation! These medium roasted Burundi beans produce a sweet coffee with notes of brown sugar, dark chocolate and tamarind. A bright, wine-toned acidity that is characteristic of many African coffees is also prominent in this cup. This is another great African coffee that deserves more attention than it gets!
Tanzanian Peaberry Coffee
Roasted By: Volcanica
Taste: Rich, notes of fruit & wine
Tanzanian Peaberry coffee is another elite-tier coffee that is among the top coffees in the world. This Tanzanian coffee consists entirely of peaberries, which are thought to produce a more concentrated flavor profile. This coffee is rich, with notes of fruit and wine. A bright wine-toned acidity sticks around for a dry, yet light finish. You really need to just try a Tanzanian Peaberry to understand all of the hype around it.
Uganda Bugisu Coffee
Roasted By: Teasia
Taste: Rich, notes of cherry, nuts & chocolate
Uganda is second only to Ethiopia in terms of coffee production. That being said, the majority of the Ugandan beans harvested are of the Robusta species. Uganda does however, produce some very high quality Arabica beans as well. This medium roasted Ugandan coffee is quite rich, showcasing notes of cherry, nut and chocolate. The signature bright wine-toned acidity is in full force here. Fans of African coffee should definitely check this one out!
Congo Kivu Coffee
Roasted By: Fresh Roasted Coffee
Taste: Rich, notes cinnamon, tart apple & chocolate
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a lesser known producer of African coffee. These lightly roasted beans offer a truly distinguished taste profile. If you think you've tried it all, this might be a nice change of pace for you! A pleasant bitterness is accompanied by notes of cinnamon, chocolate and tart apple. Typically, those that enjoy coffee from Congo, REALLY enjoy it. The only way to find out, is to give it a try!
How many different African beans have you tried? Are there any must-try coffees you would add to our list? Let us know!
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