You would think that outstanding coffee houses are a preserve of the best coffee producing countries in Africa, and that the rest have to make do with watered down chains or imitation houses. In this case, you would be wrong. There are some countries in Africa that have the best coffee houses and yet hardly produce any coffee beans to speak of. It all depends on the country’s coffee loving culture and a host of other economical reasons that we won’t delve into right now.
Kenya, like many African countries, has been a predominantly ‘tea’ drinking nation. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we were colonized by the English, or maybe it is the fact that most of our coffee is designated as export product. Whatever the case, tea was a big deal for quite sometime. Until now! As things stand, the coffee drinking culture has taken great root in urban sections of the country (Just as it has in most urban areas within the continent).
So, for those of you who simply cannot do without their morning ‘Cup of Joe’ and for those who have day dreams of lattes, cappuccinos and Macchiatos, here are top places to find the best coffee in Africa. These are places, where you will find awesome – caffeine inducing – brain kick starting coffee.
Java House, Nairobi, Kenya
There is no disputing this; Java House serves some of the best coffee in the country and in the continent. Whichever branch you visit in any of the sprawling suburbs of Nairobi, you will always get some wonderful lattes and cappuccinos to brighten up your day. Not only is the coffee amazing, but the atmosphere and the decor is pretty decent as well. Visit: Java House
Rosetta Roastery, Cape Town, South Africa
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Rosetta Roastery has a minimalist decor that can only mean one thing; they are all about the coffee. This beautiful coffee house prides itself in serving coffees that are character-filled and as unique as each one of their customers. You simply must try the slow-brewed, Japanese iced coffee. Visit: Rosetta Roastery
Tomoca Coffee, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Most coffee lovers will already know this; Ethiopia is one of the highest ranked coffee producing nations in the world. Some people say that Ethiopian coffee is the best in the world (they even swear by that statement). Indeed, Ethiopian coffee is outstanding and when you go to Addis Ababa, there are very few places quite as good as Tomoca Coffee. This beautiful little antique coffee house is so focused on serving the best coffee that they do not even have seats in the premise.
The Zanzibar Coffee House Café, Stone Town, Zanzibar
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Famously lauded for her production of wonderful, tongue singeing spices, Zanzibar also offers quite the delicious cup of coffee when called upon to do so. At the ‘Zanzibar Coffee House Café’ in Stone Town, they only brew the freshest of pots from locally grown beans and by professionally trained baristas. Visit: Zanzibar Coffee House
Le Cafeier Coffee Shop, Bujumbura, Burundi
Le Cafeier Coffee Shop specializes in espresso based beverages. Not only will you get some of the most delicious coffee in Burundi here, but you will also get to enjoy the wonderful service, the pristine decor and that beautiful murmur filled peace and quiet that only the best coffee houses posses.
Tony’s, Mutare, Zimbabwe
If you want a touch of class, a personal touch and a cup of coffee that offers you a touch of paradise, then you simply must visit ‘Tony’s’ in Zimbabwe. Not too crowded, not too noisy and shockingly good service. Tony’s has the best of everything.
Out of Africa Coffee Shop, Swakopmund, Namibia
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Coffee lovers know not to settle for mediocre brews; they simply won’t have it. Indeed, any civilized society should have decent coffee. That is what ‘Out of Africa Coffee Shop’ in Namibia believes, and it is what they strive for. They say that life is too short for anyone to have bad coffee. That is why they offer you only the best.
Labone Coffee Shop, Accra, Ghana
Although this is not an exclusive coffee house, it does serve up some of the best coffee in Ghana. The setting is particularly spectacular; half the establishment is on a terrace while the other half is indoors. You can also get good beer, meals and pastries here if you are in the mood for more than just coffee.
Vida e Caffè, Luanda, Angola
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They have their own brand coffee here. That’s how ‘coo coo’ they are for coffee. The setting is wonderful, the menu is diverse and the coffee is not only hot, but it is aromatically beautiful. Visit: Vida e Caffe
Espresso House, Yaoundé, Cameroun
Aptly named, Espresso House, this quaint establishment does it’s best to live up to that name. You will get the best coffee in Bastos, Yaoundé here as well as an assortment of other pastries and edibles. If you are looking for a nice little place to enjoy a hot cup of your favorite coffee while in Cameroun, you should give it a try.
Imported coffee, a cup made of the local blended stuff or just the aroma derived from brewing coffee, whatever your poison of choice, these coffee houses will deliver all that and more. The thing about great coffee houses is that they are often simple ‘hole in the wall’ establishments as opposed to big chain corporations. If there is a place within your city that serves the best coffee feel free to share that information with us in the comments section. Life is too short to have bad coffee.
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