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 Coffee Selection Pack

    African Coffee Selection Pack

    £22.00
    Earn £1.10

    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. Limited Edition
    Burundi Kinyovu IWCA Dark Roast Coffee

    Burundi Kinyovu IWCA Dark Roast Coffee

    £5.00
    Earn £0.25
    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.

    Sourced from the Kinyovu washing station near the province Kayanza, Burundi, this lot was produced by some of the Burundi chapter women from the International Women’s Coffee Association, the first African chapter of IWCA to become a legally recognised entity.

    The Burundi chapter of the IWCA began with a group of eight women representing each of Burundi's coffee growing regions, transportation, exportation and coffee quality. The IWCA provides access to business opportunities in the coffee industry, as well as social, economic and political empowerment for women in coffee communities around the world.

     


     

    LLocation:      Kayanza Province, Burundi
    Altitude:         1880 masl
    Processing:   Washed
    Varietal:          Bourbon

  3. Limited Edition
    Burundi Kinyovu IWCA Light & Dark Roasted Coffee Bundle

    Burundi Kinyovu IWCA Light & Dark Roasted Coffee Bundle

    £7.00
    Earn £0.35
    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 £0.35

     

     

    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. Limited Edition Speciality
    Ethiopia Guji Highland Coffee

    Ethiopia Guji Highland Coffee

    £6.50
    Earn £0.30
    2

     


    Guji Highland is a 250 hectare, family owned farm established in 2012 by Wodessa Yachisi. It is situated in Oromia, near the town of Shakisso in the Guji Zone – roughly 530km south of Addis. Guji Highland tops out at 2300m, and is nestled in what can only be described as a natural cloud forest. This remote and peaceful 250ha is one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever seen coffee grown.

    The farm was planted in stages and is between 3 and 4 years old, with new seedlings cultivated each year using seeds collected from indigenous mother trees. The farm’s production is 100% organic and the moment you step onto the land you sink into the deep topsoil, rich with organic matter which has naturally decomposed over decades. Only natural coffees are produced on the farm currently, but they have plans to build a fully operational washing station and an eco-lodge for coffee tourists.

    In addition to the Guji Highlands farmland, coffees are also sourced from smallholders or “out growers” in the local vicinity, making up an additional 400 hectares of prime coffee land. Each of the smallholders who work with Guji Highland are managed and given expert advice, starting from seed selection from wild coffee tree to production and processing.


     

    Location:        Oromia, Guji Zone, Southern Ethiopia
    Owner:            Wodessa Yachisi 
    Altitude:         2000 - 2300m masl
    Processing:   Natural
    Varietal:          Hierloom

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

    Ethiopia Kaffa Forest Estate Organic Rainforest Alliance Coffee

    £5.50
    Earn £0.25
    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. Best Seller
    Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Rocko Mountain Reserve Coffee

    Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Rocko Mountain Reserve Coffee

    £6.50
    Earn £0.30
    3

    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

    Yirgacheffe is both a town and grade of coffee in Ethiopia. The town itself is located in the Gedeo zone in the Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS) in Southern Ethiopia. More than any other country, Ethiopia has a broad genetic diversity among its coffee varieties, with each type having distinctive taste, shape and colour. As a result, each region in the country can offer a different flavour profile, forming the grading system for Ethiopian coffees e.g. Sidamo, Harrar, Limu, Djimmah etc. It is widely argued that a Yirgacheffe grade coffee can offer one of the most distinctive favour profiles in the world with pungent oral aroma and intense citrus flavour.

    Processing in Yirgacheffe can take the form of both washed and natural, with most of the coffee growing at over 2000 metres above sea level. Much of the coffee grown in Ethiopia is done so using traditional methods, under shade trees alongside other crops and without the use of chemicals. Coffee from Yirgacheffe is often referred to as ‘garden coffee’ as it is grown on very small plots, often in the back yard of small dwellings.

    Working in partnership with Addis Exporter, a business with more than 100 years’ experience
    in exporting high quality coffee from Ethiopia, we have been able to select an incredible natural processed coffee from smallholders based around the Rocko Mountain in the Haricha Woreda, Yirgacheffe. These smallholder farmers have hand-picked their cherries and sold them to a local trader who oversees the processing and sorting before selling the beans to the ECX who grade the beans according to SCAA standards. Addis Exporter then purchase the top quality lots from the ECX and select the best for their ‘Rocko Mountain Reserve’.

    This year, Falcon Specialty Coffee have decided to include a donation to the ‘Girls Gotta Run Foundation’ in the price paid for our Rocko Mountain Reserve. This is a non-profit organisation that empowers girls in Ethiopia through running and education. 

     


     

    Location:        Haricha Woreda, Godeo Zone, Ethiopia
    Altitude:         1950-2150 masl
    Processing:   Natural 
    Varietal:          Hierloom

  8. Limited Edition
    Kenya AB + Bora Estate Coffee

    Kenya AB + Bora Estate Coffee

    £5.00
    Earn £0.25
    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.

  9. NEW Speciality
    Kenya Ndundu AA Coffee

    Kenya Ndundu AA Coffee

    £7.50
    Earn £0.35
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    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.


     

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

  10. Emporium Favourite RFA
    Malawi AA Plus Makoka Valley Coffee

    Malawi AA Plus Makoka Valley Coffee

    £5.25
    Earn £0.25
    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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