7 Essential African Coffees

African Coffee Beans

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.

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!

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Kenya AA

Kenya AA Coffee Best African Coffee
  • Rich & sweet, citrus & berries
  • Vibrant wine-toned acidity

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

Ethiopian Coffee Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Birhanu Whole Bean
  • Citrus notes and acidity
  • Chocolate finish

Rwanda Ritesi

Best African Coffee Rwanda Coffee Whole Bean
  • Caramel, brown sugar & ginger
  • Honey-like sweetness

Burundi Kavugangoma

Best African Coffee Burundi Coffee Whole Bean
  • Sweet & sour tamarind
  • Brown sugar & dark chocolate

Tanzanian Peaberry

Peaberry Coffee Tanzania Peaberry Coffee Whole Bean
  • Rich & fruity
  • Bright, wine-toned acidity

Uganda Bugisu

Best African Coffee Uganda Coffee Whole Bean
  • Cherry, nuts & chocolate
  • Bright, wine-toned acidity

Congo Kivu

Best African Coffee Congo Kivu Coffee Congo Coffee Whole Bean
  • Cinnamon & chocolate
  • Pleasantly tart

Can't decide? Tanzanian Peaberry is a personal favorite. Or if you think you've tried it all, Congo Kivu could be a nice change of pace!

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 Cup

African Coffee Taste Profiles

Although African beans are extremely variable, you are likely to find that they have some of the following characteristics;

  • Notes of wine, berries, citrus fruits, nuts, spices and chocolate 
  • Smooth, full body
  • Fruity or floral aroma
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    Brown sugar or honey-toned sweetness
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    Bright, vibrant wine-toned acidity

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!

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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!

Kenyan Coffee

Kenya AA Coffee

Roasted By: Volcanica

Roast: Medium

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 Coffee

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee

Roasted By: Cubico Coffee

Roast: Medium

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 Coffee

Rwanda Ritesi Coffee

Roasted By: Cooper's Cask Coffee

Roast: Medium-Dark

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 Coffee

Burundi Kavugangoma Coffee

Roasted By: Mt. Whitney Coffee Roasters

Roast: Medium

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 Coffee

Tanzanian Peaberry Coffee

Roasted By: Volcanica

Roast: Medium

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 Coffee

Uganda Bugisu Coffee

Roasted By: Teasia

Roast: Medium

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 Coffee

Congo Kivu Coffee

Roasted By: Fresh Roasted Coffee

Roast: Light

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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