This week Starbucks announced it's venture into Southern Africa, signing a franchising deal with Taste Holdings. The coffee giant will develop outlets in South Africa and has also secured the rights to develop outlets in other African countries.
Starbucks currently sources a considerable amount of its global, high-quality coffee from nine African countries.
Considering Africa is the home of coffee and produces about 13% of the worlds supply, it is not surprising that Africans all over the continent love their coffee.
The two biggest coffee producers in Africa are Uganda and Ethiopia. According to the International Coffee Organisation, Uganda produced 40 million kilograms in 2014. Ethiopia produces large volumes of coffee beans every year, with 397 kilograms in 2014 alone. Ethiopia is the geographic home of Arabica coffee, the most popular beans worldwide.
Coffee is a large part of the country's economy, with over half of Ethiopia's foreign income resulting from coffee. It is also estimated that 15 million Ethiopian citizens are employed by the production of coffee.
The Kenyan coffee industry is also on the rise with local and national governments looking to open more production areas in abandoned farms in Northern Rift Valley, along the coast and Western Kenyan regions.
Coffee consumption within households is on the rise, as are the number of cafes in major cities. African countries across the continent have a variety of rituals, ceremonies and preparations all steeped in rich and ancient traditions involving coffee. This coupled with the trendy coffee culture in urban settings, will ensure coffee continues to be an important beverage to all Africans.