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. Limited Edition
    Burundi Kinyovu IWCA Dark Roast Coffee

    Burundi Kinyovu IWCA Dark Roast Coffee

    £5.00
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    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

  2. Fairtrade Organic
    Congo Sopacdi Fairtrade Organic Coffee

    Congo Sopacdi Fairtrade Organic Coffee

    £7.50
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    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.

     

  3. Best Seller
    Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Rocko Mountain Reserve Coffee

    Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Rocko Mountain Reserve Coffee

    £6.50
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    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

  4. Limited Edition
    Kenya AB + Bora Estate Coffee

    Kenya AB + Bora Estate Coffee

    £5.00
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    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.

  5. NEW Speciality
    Kenya Ndundu AA Coffee

    Kenya Ndundu AA Coffee

    £7.50
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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

  6. Emporium Favourite RFA
    Malawi AA Plus Makoka Valley Coffee

    Malawi AA Plus Makoka Valley Coffee

    £5.25
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    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.

  7. NEW
    Personalised Coffee

    Personalised Coffee

    £6.00
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    If you are looking for the ideal gift for the coffee lover(s) in your life (or a special treat for yourself) our Personalised Tin Bundle is the perfect solution.

    This black tin comes with a clip-lock lid and two 200g bags of coffee, in either whole bean or the grind of your choice.

    Mark a special occasion, inject some humour or just be practical when adding the message for your tin label. Whilst we reserve the right to refuse to print inappropriate messages we love it when you get creative.

    A brief description of the coffees on the drop-down menu to help you choose:

    Emporium Excelso - This Great Taste Award winner is a superb full-bodied and rich blended coffee, earthy yet with fruity acidity and spicy smokiness.

    Guatemalan Bojangles - This is sweet in aromatics with a fruity start reminiscent of plums and cherry, petering out to a milk chocolate finish.

    Java Jampit - A coffee with earthy tones, leading to creaminess but with a bolder hint of fruity acidity and a stronger dark cocoa aftertaste.

    Kenya AB + Bora Estate - A full-bodied, full-tasting coffee, strong and smooth with hints of blackcurrants, caramel and butter.

    Peru Tunki - This is a delightfully smooth, full-bodied and complex coffee, with a delicious floral aroma, citrus orange snap and delicate chocolate flavours.

    Please see the website for further details of each coffee.

  8. Limited Edition Speciality
    Rwanda Gikomero Coffee

    Rwanda Gikomero Coffee

    £6.05
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    Gikomero washing station has been owned and operated by Rwanda Trading Co. since 2013. Since inception 1,816 farmers have been registered into their Agronomy Training Program at Gikomero station. This is an intense 2 year training program focused on increasing yields and quality, along with improving record keeping practices at farm level. The quality increase really showed this year with an average of 3 SCAA points higher cup scores across all deliveries received from the station, and the first 85+ lot ever, which was purchased by Falcon Specialty. Average yield for the 1,816 farmers in the program is also way up - a 155% increase since 2014. Producers who supply cherry to Gikomero grow their coffee at between 1450 and 1650 masl.

    Gikomero processed 327 tons of cherry during the 2016 season. Cherries are pulped using a Pinhalense pulper, dry fermented for 12 hours, wet soaked for 8 hours and density graded with water channels, before being dried on raised beds for approximately 14 days.

  9. Limited Edition Speciality
    Rwanda Muhura Coffee

    Rwanda Muhura Coffee

    £7.50
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    Rwandan Muhura is produced through a natural process, a new and experimental technique for Rwanda, making this a rare coffee.

    MUHURA NATURAL PROCESS:

    Sorting was undertaken upon delivery of cherry to remove underripes, then the cherries were taken straight to raised beds for drying. It takes around 30 days to fully dry the cherries.

    Rwanda is blessed with ideal coffee-growing conditions including: high altitude; regular rainfall; volcanic soils with good organic structure and an abundance of Bourbon. The vast majority of Rwandan coffee is produced by smallholders of which there are thought to be around half a million with parcels of land often not much larger than just one hectare per family.

  10. Emporium Favourite Speciality
    Tanzania Tweega Coffee

    Tanzania Tweega Coffee

    £5.00
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    Strong
    2

    Taste

    A delicious Tanzanian speciality coffee, this is sweet and tart yet smooth with a citrus flavour. It has great body, and is almost creamy with hints of cocoa and black cherry. Tweega is excellent in a cafetiere or pour over.

    Facts

    In Swahili, the word Tweega means giraffe. Coffee is Tanzania's largest export crop and it is thought that ninety-five percent of the coffee produced is done so by smallholder farmers and their families (supporting roughly 4.5million people) who often have small plots of 5 hectares or less. Coffee is grown alongside subsistence crops such as bananas and maize and the remainder of the country's production comes from larger, privately-owned estates. Farmers hand-pick their crop and deliver it to 20 washing stations around the region, all of which adhere to the strict quality standards enforced by TEMBO Coffee, the local processing station. Once there, the cherries are sorted to separate the ripe from the unripe before being pulped to remove the skin. They are then left to undergo dry fermentation for around 12-15 hours to loosen the mucilage before being washed with clean water. The washing process is repeated to ensure the coffee is clean before it is channelled through water to remove any floaters. Finally, the washed beans are taken to raised African beds to dry (which can take around 12-15 days) before being sorted and graded at TEMBO's facility in Mbeya for export.

    Arabica seedlings were first introduced to the country in the 16th century from Ethiopia and Reunion (Bourbon) Island where they were traditionally chewed as a stimulant by the Haya tribe who came to use them as money. Following German colonisation in the late 19th century, coffee began to be cultivated as a cash crop and exports increased three-fold in the early 20th century. After WW1 the British took control of what is now modern-day Tanzania and started a coffee programme which saw over ten million seedlings being planted, increasing production further. Current production is some one million bags per year. Tanzania is the fourth largest producer in Africa with nearly 75% of its annual production being Arabica. Today, both Arabica and Robusta are grown in the areas of Kilimanjaro, Manyara, and Arusha in the North-East, Kagera, Mara and Kigoma in the North-West and Mbeya in the South.

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