Coffee: The best 10 African countries to get your favourite beverage


Coffee is an important drink, and those who don’t love it for the great smell and taste certainly do because of its health benefits. Ethiopia may be considered the birthplace of coffee, but this does not mean that the delicious drink is not produced in other places on the African continent.

In case you were wondering, here are 10 of the best places in Africa to get coffee:

1. Ethiopia:

It’s believed that coffee farmers began harvesting wild coffee trees in Ethiopia around 800 B.C. Thus, Ethiopia is considered the birthplace of coffee.

Three growing regions, Sidamo, Harer, and Kaffa in Ethiopia produce an unbelievable amount of coffee. The word coffee itself may have originated Kaffa, an area well noted for arabica trees.

The full flavored taste and flowery characteristics of Ethiopian coffee have made it gain popularity worldwide.

2. Uganda:

Uganda has beat Ethiopia to become one of Africa’s leading coffee exporters in Africa. This is largely due to the fact that local consumption of the beverage is low- less than 2%. Robusta trees in Uganda are some of the best in the world.

3. Angola:

Civil war and famine led to the decline of Angola’s coffee economy in the 1970s and 80s. However, the country is slowly rebuilding it as coffee has always been important in Angola’s economy.

4. Democratic Republic of Congo:

The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the largest coffee producers in Africa and the farmers pay great attention to quality. Robusta and arabica blends are produced in small farms across the country.

5. Kenya:

Kenyan coffee is noted for its strong fragrance and full flavour, accompanied by with a slightly acidic aftertaste.

The Kenyan government is actively involved in coffee production in the country. Growers with higher quality are rewarded with higher prices.

6. Madagascar:

Nearly a third of Madagascar’s export economy comes from coffee production.  The robusta, arabica, and exceise blends of coffee are found all over the country.

Many of the farmers harvest wild coffee trees only once a year so as to produce higher quality.

7. Burundi:

Coffee production in Burundi is a major economic resource. Since Belgians introduced coffee to the country in 1930, soft arabica and robusta have been produced throughout Burundi.

Burundi coffee is mostly organically grown, because most farmers forsake chemicals to keep costs low and quality high.

8. Senegal:

Coffee in Senegal coffee is served with a twist: cafe touba. The old recipe is popular in many parts of the country.

The coffee prepared with a strong blend of arabica and then the beans are infused with cloves and a black pepper (Guinea pepper). It is then served with a lot of sugar.

9. Rwanda:

Known as the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, Rwanda’s fertile lands produce high quality of coffee. A lot of this production is done between 1700 and 200 meters above sea level.

10. Eritrea:

Eritrea shares the coffee drinking culture and ceremony associated with Ethiopia, the country it recently gained independence from. Coffee drinking is a daily ritual performed by native Eritrean women.

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