Your guide to Kenyan coffee

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Your guide to Kenyan coffee

East Africa is one of the world’s finest coffee growing regions. While Ethiopia heralds the title of one of the world’s first coffee regions, neighbouring Kenya is globally recognised for its coffee quality. Today, Kenya is among the top 20 largest producers of coffee throughout the world.

Kenya is known for its production of bright and fruity coffee beans. It’s a flavour profile that complements many of the Nespresso blends that you know and love.

But, which Nespresso blends actually contain Kenyan coffee? How do coffee farmers in Kenya grow and harvest their beans? What does Kenyan coffee taste like? And, what are the best ways to enjoy a cup of Kenyan inspired coffee?

Discover all this and more in our guide to Kenyan coffee


What does Kenyan coffee taste like?

Kenyan coffee is intensely aromatic with a touch of acidity. It tends to have a bright flavour profile with cereal notes and all of the delicate red fruit aromas typically associated with East African Arabicas.

What’s the difference between Kenyan and Ethiopian coffee

While Kenya and Ethiopia are neighbours, the coffee from each country is quite different. Kenyan coffee is fruity with a slight acidity while Ethiopian coffee is floral, sweet, citrus and tastes a little bit wild. See our Guide to Ethiopian Coffee for more details.

How is Kenyan coffee grown and harvested?

Nespresso grows and harvests all of its coffee in the country of origin. In this case, the coffee is pulped, fermented, washed and dried in Kenya.

Every Nespresso coffee has its own taste, depending on the blend composition and terroir. Terroir refers to the unique and differing coffee tastes based on altitude, soil composition, plant variety, temperature, climate and a range of other factors.

Kenya enjoys ample rain and rich and fertile volcanic soil making it the ideal landscape for coffee growing.

Farms in the highlands are often at altitudes of up to 2,000 metres above sea level. It is this altitude that contributes to the acidic, wine-like tones that Kenyan coffee is known for.

Once harvested, the seed of the coffee cherry (called a green bean) is transported for roasting to Switzerland where it is blended and roasted to perfection. Finally, the beans are ground and encapsulated before they make their way to you.

Kenyan coffee: a sustainable process

Sustainability is a core value throughout all Nespresso operations. Nespresso’s AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program in Kenya helps to deliver long-term positive impacts for farmers, society and the environment. This results in exceptional quality coffee, cup after cup.

Nespresso Blends – a little taste of Kenya

Nespresso sources the very best coffee from Kenya. Each unique blend is designed to take you on an indulgent adventure around some of the best coffee making regions in the world.

Kenyan coffee blends

Explore what happens when Kenya meets South America in a cup.

Vertuo capsules

Mug Giornio

At first taste you’ll experience toasted cereal tones, followed by subtle white floral notes that are characteristic of Ethiopian coffee. These flavours are harmoniously mixed with Kenyan Arabica for a medium roasted morning blend.

Mug Solelio

Delicate, red fruit notes in this full washed Arabica blend. Combining beans from Kenya and the Nariño highlands of Colombia it offers a well-balanced and lightly roasted morning blend.

Original capsules


A blend of Kenyan and South American Arabicas lightly roasted to create a delicate and balanced marriage of lightly toasted cereal and fruity notes. This very refreshing lemony note develops on a light body.

Ispirazione Ristretto Italiano

Combines the best East African and South American Arabicas. This blend contains the great, lightly acidic Kenyan Arabicas and a touch of Robusta for added zing. The slow split roasting of the beans creates a contrasting bouquet, bringing together subtle fruity and acid notes, with intensely roasted and chocolate ones

Ispirazione Ristretto Italiano Decaffeinato

Powerful and contrasting with a hint of fruit. A selection of the best Kenyan and South American Arabicas are sophisticatedly blended with a touch of Robusta. Its finely ground texture creates an Italian style coffee: intense with a rich flavour and body.

Recipes with Kenyan coffee blends

Cool Summer Iced Coffee using Nespresso’s Cosi

Shaken, not stirred! Try this cool, light and minty coffee complete with a dash of delicious Kenyan and South American Arabica.


  • Capsule of Cosi
  • Leaves of fresh mint
  • Slice of orange
  • Teaspoons of sugar (to taste)
  • Crushed ice


  • Cut the mint leaves
  • Place all the ingredients in a shaker
  • Shake until the drink is cold
  • Pour into a tall glass over crushed ice

Milk and Spice Iced Coffee using Nespresso’s Ispirazione Ristretto Italiano

A delicious blend of Kenyan and South American coffee and spices served over an icy milk foam.


  • Nespresso Ispirazione Ristretto Italiano or Ispirazione Ristretto Italiano Decaffeinato (to produce 80 ml / 3 oz. of espresso coffee)
  • Crushed ice
  • 150 ml / 5 oz. of cold milk
  • Ground cinnamon, nutmeg or chocolate shavings


  • Prepare the Espresso (80 ml,3 oz) in a cappuccino cup and add sugar if desired
  • Pour the preparation into a 350 ml,12 oz glass with the crushed ice
  • Prepare 150 ml,5 oz of cold milk froth using the steam nozzle of your Nespresso machine or the Aeroccino milk frother
  • Add the milk to the iced coffee and top with a few spoonfuls of froth
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg or chocolate shavings to finish
  • Serve immediately

Try for yourself

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