Ukiira Coffee FAQ: Coffee 101 for Newbies!

Ukiira Coffee FAQ: Coffee 101 for Newbies!

What is coffee?

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffe species. The two most common types of coffee beans are Arabica and Robusta. Arabica beans are known for their smoother taste, while Robusta beans have a stronger flavor and higher caffeine content.

What makes Ukiira Coffee special?

Ukiira Coffee is a family-owned business with a commitment to social responsibility. We source their coffee beans specifically from Kenya, a region known for growing high-quality Arabica beans, known for their smooth taste profile. Our company is built on the legacy of our grandfather, a pioneer in coffee farming, and we are passionate about bringing delicious Kenyan coffee to you.

What are the different types of coffee roasts?

Roasting is the process of applying heat to green coffee beans to develop their flavor and aroma. Here's a quick rundown:

  • Light roast: Light-colored beans with a bright, acidic taste and high caffeine content.
  • Medium roast: More balanced flavor with some acidity and body. This is a popular choice for everyday coffee. Ukiira currently offers a medium roast.
  • Dark roast: Darker-colored beans with a bolder, less acidic flavor and slightly lower caffeine content. Ukiira currently offers a dark roast.

How can I brew Ukiira Coffee at home?

Ukiira offers whole bean and ground coffee, so you can choose a brewing method that works for you. Here are a couple of suggestions with grind size recommendations from reputable sources:

  • Drip coffee: This is a classic and convenient method. Use a drip coffee maker with a paper filter and a medium grind for Ukiira's coffee (similar to the consistency of beach sand). Follow the recommended coffee-to-water ratio for your machine. 
  • French press: This method is great for a full-bodied cup. Use a coarse grind for Ukiira's coffee (similar to the consistency of sea salt). Steep the grounds in hot water for a few minutes before pressing.

What if I don't like the bitterness of coffee?

There are a few ways to reduce bitterness with Ukiira Coffee:

  • Try their medium roast: Since it's a lighter roast than a dark roast, it will have less bitterness.
  • Don't over-brew: Follow the recommended brewing time and coffee-to-water ratio to avoid bitterness.
  • Add milk or cream: This can help soften the bitterness but Ukiira Coffee is smooth and may not need any cream.

What can I expect from Kenyan coffee beans?

Kenyan coffee beans are known for their high quality and unique flavor profile. They typically have a bright acidity, with notes of citrus, berry, and black currant. Ukiira's medium roast will highlight these flavors while maintaining a smooth taste.

How can I learn more about Ukiira Coffee?

Visit our website,, for more information and our story! You can also contact us directly through the website or by email at, if you have any questions.

Can I make cold brew with Ukiira Coffee?

Absolutely! Cold brew is a great way to enjoy a smooth, less acidic coffee drink. Here's a basic recipe for cold brew using Ukiira's coffee:

  • Grind: Use a coarse grind for cold brew (similar to the consistency of oatmeal flakes)
  • Ratio: A common ratio is 1 part coffee grounds to 4 parts water. You can adjust this to taste.
  • Steeping: Combine the coffee grounds and water in a large pitcher or container. Stir well, cover, and steep in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
  • Straining: Strain the cold brew concentrate through a cheesecloth or fine-mesh

Kenyan Spiced Latte with Ukiira Coffee

This latte recipe uses Ukiira's medium roast Kenyan coffee and warm spices for a cozy and flavorful coffee drink.


  • 1 cup (240ml) brewed Ukiira Coffee (medium roast, drip or French press)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk of your choice (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves (optional)
  • Honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)


  1. Brew your coffee: Use your preferred method (drip coffee maker, French press, etc.) and Ukiira's medium roast coffee beans. Aim for a strong cup of coffee, as it will be diluted with milk later.
  2. Warm the spices: In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves (if using) for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the spices.
  3. Steam the milk: If you have a milk frother, steam your milk to create a light and frothy texture. Alternatively, you can heat the milk in a saucepan on the stovetop until just simmering, then whisk vigorously to create some foam.
  4. Combine: In a mug, combine the brewed coffee and warmed spices. Stir well.
  5. Add milk: Pour the steamed milk over the coffee and spices, leaving some room for foam on top.
  6. Sweeten (optional): If you prefer a sweeter coffee, add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup to taste.
  7. Garnish (optional): Sprinkle a pinch of ground cinnamon or nutmeg on top for added flavor and visual appeal.


    • For a stronger spiced flavor, increase the amount of spices to your taste.
    • If you don't have a milk frother, you can use a whisk or a handheld milk frother to create some foam.
    • This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled to make multiple servings.
    • Experiment with different types of milk (almond milk, oat milk, etc.) to find your favorite flavor combination.


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