African Coffee

African coffee beans are known for being incredibly flavoursome and many believe that they are the most distinctive in the world. Coffees from this region are characterized by dry, winy acidity, chocolate and fruit undertones, rustic flavours and intense aromas. Here at York Coffee Emporium we sell Kenyan coffee beans and Ethiopian coffee beans, expertly roasted to ensure you can enjoy their fantastic taste.

The most familiar East African coffees are the Ethiopian coffees, such as Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Ethiopian Sidamo, and the Kenyan coffees, such as Kenyan AA & Kenyan Peaberry.

We supply a great choice of freshly roasted East African coffee beans from Kenya and Ethiopia, all available to buy online!

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  1. African Selection Pack

    African Selection Pack

    £22.00
    Earn £2.20

    If you love fragrant, sharp and fruity coffees then this is definitely the selection pack for you. We've chosen five 200g bags of our favourite African coffees, all with deliciously complex flavours and citrusy/acidic finishes.

    • Ethiopian Kaffa Forest Estate : Lovely floral notes, delicious juicy apricot, forest honey and tongue-hugging caramel.
    • Burundi Gihere Light Roast: The light roast brings out truly floral flavours, with a background reminiscent of lemons and garden peas
    • Rwandan Gikomero: soft, rich and full flavours with 'grassy tropical notes
    • Malawi Makoka Valley: bright, with delicious plum & white wine notes, bit like a Yirgacheffe but with pine nuts
    • Fairtrade Ethiopian Sidamo: deep, spice and wine or chocolate-like taste and floral aroma

    Choose whole bean or the grind of your choice.

    Seasonal changes may result in selection pack coffees changing without notice. We endeavour to replace any out of stock coffee with the closest match we have.

  2. Emporium Favourite
    Burundi Gihere Dark Roast

    Burundi Gihere Dark Roast

    £4.40
    Earn £0.40
    5

     

     

    Burundi isn't new to coffee production. The Belgians originally planted coffee here in the 1960s and the practise in this landlocked country has continued to this day. The country invests a great deal in its coffee production and with World Bank funding it has been able to build around 140 washing stations. As a result of continuing privatisation, the Burundi people themselves are getting a piece of the industry with 800,000 families owning their own lots.

    Our Burundi is processed in the Gihere washing station. Located in the Kayanza region, this washing station is among the most well-recognized producers of speciality coffee in Burundi. Built in 2008, Gihere offers a premium to producers whose coffees place in competitions, motivating farmers to meticulous harvesting and agricultural practices. The station buys and processes coffee cherry from 300 families with plots of 10-50 trees on average, though a handful have more than 100. Equipped with 450 drying beds, six-disc McKinnon pulping machines and two pressers it's definitely a well-oiled operation.

  3. Limited Edition
    Burundi Gihere Light & Dark Roasted Coffee Bundle

    Burundi Gihere Light & Dark Roasted Coffee Bundle

    £5.50
    Earn £0.50
    Strong
    2

    Taste

    This deliciously citrusy coffee is the Cinderella of the African coffee world, a true hidden gem. In this bundle you get two 150g bags of Burundi, one lightly roasted and one dark roasted. It is the perfect way to compare how a taste profile can change with a difference of just a few degrees of roasting temperature. The light roast brings out truly floral flavours, with a background reminiscent of lemons and garden peas. Whereas the darker of the two is slightly more complex with orange citrusy notes going into a smoother chocolatey finish. Quite a unique coffee amongst other fruitier Africans.

    Facts

    Burundi isn't new to coffee production. The Belgians originally planted coffee here in the 1960s and the practise in this landlocked country has continued to this day. The country invests a great deal in its coffee production and with World Bank funding it has been able to build around 140 washing stations. As a result of continuing privatisation, the Burundi people themselves are getting a piece of the industry with 800,000 families owning their own lots.

    Our Burundi is processed in the Gihere washing station. Located in the Kayanza region, this washing station is among the most well-recognized producers of speciality coffee in Burundi. Built in 2008, Gihere offers a premium to producers whose coffees place in competitions, motivating farmers to meticulous harvesting and agricultural practices. The station buys and processes coffee cherry from 300 families with plots of 10-50 trees on average, though a handful have more than 100. Equipped with 450 drying beds, six-disc McKinnon pulping machines and two pressers it's definitely a well-oiled operation.

  4. Fairtrade Speciality
    Congo Sopacdi Coffee

    Congo Sopacdi Coffee

    £7.50
    Earn £0.70

     

     

    Sopacdi cooperative is made up over 5600 farmers from different ethnic groups in the Kivu Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, producing some of the finest coffee in Africa. After years of conflict and civil war, our Fairtrade-certified coffee promotes working together for a better future.

    The small communities are remote, scattered amongst the highlands of the mountains surrounding Lake Kivu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The headquarters are in the town of Minova, and have just finished building the first coffee washing station the region for over 40 years.

     

  5. Great Taste Speciality
    Ethiopia Rocko Mountain Reserve Coffee

    Ethiopia Rocko Mountain Reserve Coffee

    £6.50
    Earn £0.60
    Medium
    2

    Taste

    This delicious natural-processed coffee comes from small-holdings based around the Rocko Mountain in Haricha Woreda, Yirgacheffe. It is strongly aromatic of honeysuckle and bergamot. The taste has great balance with ripe strawberry, blueberry muffin and lasting coffee/chocolate/mocha.

    Rocko Mountain is one of the highest scoring speciality coffees we stock and is a firm favourite here at the roastery.

    Facts

    Many people believe that Ethiopia is the birth-place of the Arabica coffee tree. The tree grows best at heights of 1,200-1,800 metres and the main crop is from October to December. Our Yirgacheffe is planted on small coffee farms, usually no larger than a hectare. This makes it possible for the farmers to take more precise care of their plantation, noticeable by the delicate flavours and aroma the coffee gives off in your cup. The Yirgacheffe is washed in the same manner as the Sidamo during preparation, a method only used for the best kinds of coffee.

  6. Organic RFA Speciality
    Ethiopian Kaffa Forest Estate Organic Rainforest Alliance Coffee

    Ethiopian Kaffa Forest Estate Organic Rainforest Alliance Coffee

    £5.50
    Earn £0.50
    Strong
    4

    Taste

    This is a superb and amazingly complex coffee grown on a family-owned estate in the highlands of the Kaffa region. There are lovely floral notes, delicious juicy apricot, forest honey and tongue-hugging caramel.

    Facts

    According to local folklore it is this very forest where Kaldi danced with his goats after discovering coffee. The coffee here is wild and natural and grows in an area of some 2,000 hectares at an altitude of between 1,750 and 1,850 metres above sea level. Approximately half of this land remains a natural forest with the coffee growing amongst the trees. Such conditions provide incredible biodiversity and the coffee plants are nurtured by cool morning mists and a lush tropical canopy providing protective shade from the midday sun. The soil is enriched with organic nutrients as the fallen tree leaves decay and in the process become a natural mulching agent. Ethiopia’s last forest lions are said to live within the Kaffa Forest.

    Ethiopia is thought to be the birthplace of coffee with wild-growing coffea arabica being found in the forests of the Kaffa region. Ethiopia is the world's 7th largest producer of coffee, and Africa's top producer. Half of the coffee is consumed by Ethiopians, and the country leads the continent in domestic consumption. The method of producing coffee in Ethiopia has not changed much since the 10th century, with nearly all work, cultivating and drying, still done by hand.

  7. Limited Edition Speciality
    Kenya Kainamui

    Kenya Kainamui

    £7.50
    Earn £0.70

    Vine Tomatoes - Cola - Lemon

     

    This coffee, pronounced "khin-a-moo-ee" comes from a factory (washing station) situated in Ngariama location, Gichugu division of Kirinyaga District. Kainamui is located on the slopes of Mount Kenya in the agriculturally rich Central Province. It lies at an altitude of 1,800 metres above sea level which makes it ideal for coffee production.

    The Kainamui factory has 1800 members, these producers are very small, owning on average just 200 trees. With ideal conditions for coffee growing, farmers benefit from the mineral-rich red volcanic loam soils and high altitudes that are typical of the area. The Kainamui factory supports its members by providing them with advances for school fees, farm support and other emergency funds. They also provide agronomy training for all members.

  8. Limited Edition Speciality
    Kenya Kiamabara Peaberry

    Kenya Kiamabara Peaberry

    £6.50
    Earn £0.60

     

     


      

    Location:        Murang'a Foothills, Aberdare Ridge, Central Province
    Owner:              Mugaga FCS Cooperative
    Altitude:         1900 masl
    Processing:   Washed
    Varietal:          SL28 & SL24

     


     

    The Kiamabara factory is located in the town of Kabare in the Gichugu division of the Nyeri district in Central Province. It is affiliated to the Mugaga cooperative society along with the Kagumoini, Kieni, Gathugu and Gatina factories. It was established in 1995 following the split of the much larger Mathira F.C.S. There are now around 4800 active members of this cooperative and each member has on average around half a hectare of land for coffee growing alongside macadamia, beans, banana and maize. The area has deep, well drained and fertile red volcanic soil at altitudes of around 1900 metres above sea level with 953mm of rainfall annually.

    The coffee is handpicked by smallholder members and delivered to the Kiamabara factory where it is pulped. This initially separates the dense beans from the immature ‘mbuni’s (floaters) using water floatation which means the denser beans will sink and be sent through channels to the fermentation tank. This first stage of fermentation will last for around 24 hours, after which the beans are washed and sent to the secondary fermentation tank for another 12-24 hours.

    Once the fermentation process is completed, the beans enter the washing channels where floaters are separated further and the dense beans are cleaned of mucilage. The washed beans will then enter soaking tanks where they can sit under clean water for as long as another 24 hours. This soaking process allows amino acids and proteins in the cellular structure of each bean to develop which results in higher levels of acidity and complex fruit flavours in the cup - it is thought that this process of soaking contributes to the flavour profiles that Kenyan coffees are so famed for. The beans are then transferred to the initial drying tables where they are laid in a thin layer to allow around 50% of the moisture to be quickly removed. This first stage of drying can last around 6 hours before the beans are gathered and laid in thicker layers for the remaining 5-10 days of the drying period. The dry parchment coffee is then delivered to a private mill and put into ‘bodegas’ to rest – these are raised cells made of chicken wire which allows the coffee to breathe fully.

  9. Limited Edition
    Kenyan  AB + Bora Estate Coffee

    Kenyan AB + Bora Estate Coffee

    £5.00
    Earn £0.50
    Strong
    3

    Taste

    Kenyan coffee has a strong, distinctly bold flavour and a high, smooth acidity with a mellow after-taste similar to wine. This Kenyan AB plus Bora estate coffee delivers in all departments for an amazing price. A full-bodied, full-tasting coffee, strong and smooth with hints of blackcurrants, caramel and butter, this is delicious any time of the day.

    Facts

    AB plus Bora estate coffee comes from a number of plantations and was bought at government auction. Kenyan coffee is grown in the high altitudes of Kenya's highlands and along the Mount Kenya region. The rich volcanic soil, temperate climate and seasonal rains combine to produce coffee that is so well-balanced it is almost sublime.

    Coffee has been grown in Kenya since 1893 when it was first introduced. The total area under coffee is estimated at 160,000 hectares, about one third of which is the plantation sector with an estimated 700,000 growers working the rest on small-holdings. Kenyan AA coffee is Kenya's premium grade of coffee and is simply a measure of the size, weight and shape of the bean.

  10. Emporium Favourite RFA
    Malawi AA Plus Makoka Valley  Coffee

    Malawi AA Plus Makoka Valley Coffee

    £5.25
    Earn £0.50
    Strong
    3

    Taste

    Malawi coffee is well known for its full-bodied, soft, rich flavour, fruity aroma and medium acidity. This AA plus Makoka Valley coffee is superb: bright, with delicious plum and white wine notes. It is a bit like a Yirgacheffe but with pine nuts. Absolutely superb in the cafetiere or espresso.

    Facts

    Makoka Valley coffee is from the Southern Thyolo district of Malawi, which was first planted out in 1979. The altitude here varies from 3000 to 3400 feet with terrain of rolling valleys, steepish slopes and patches of indigenous forest retained between the fields of coffee. The soils are a mixture of clay and alluvial, contributing to the unique fruity taste. The coffees are all hand-picked red cherry, with the same trees being re-picked approximately 10 times over the harvest to give a good 85% main grade return.

    Malawi's main branded export coffee is called Mzuzu after the northern capital city from where Malawi's coffee industry is mainly run. The Makoka Valley plantations cater extremely well for their workers, with education, housing, clinics and full family benefits.

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