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About Us

Timeline

Boon Boona Coffee was founded in 2012 in Seattle by Efrem Fesaha. We got our start sourcing and distributing unroasted green coffee beans from Ethiopia throughout North America.

In 2016, we expanded into roasted coffee from Ethiopia and Rwanda.

In 2019, we opened our brick and mortar location in Downtown Renton, where we roast and offer a cafe experience for our community.

With coffee farmers across many African nations we look to develop long lasting relationships and support the sustainability of their crops. Boon Boona Coffee is the bridge between African specialty coffee and You.

What sparked the desire to open Boon Boona?

Founder/CEO - Efrem Fesaha, having grown up in Seattle was familiar with the coffee experience of large coffee chains, but also grew up with the traditional coffee ceremony performed by Eritreans and Ethiopians. In 2011, Efrem took a trip to Asmara, Eritrea and fell in love with the coffee scene that existed there. In returning to Seattle he embarked on his journey into coffee by developing the details to his plan to open a Roastery/Cafe but was quickly rejected by banks, therefore, Efrem pivoted into unroasted green coffee to supply his community of East African Coffee Ceremony and home roasters.

What is the East African Coffee Ceremony?

The East African coffee ceremony is the #1 way to consume coffee daily for many tribes in East Africa. The coffee ceremony requires green unroasted coffee being pan roasted and brewed in the clay pot known as a Jebena. The coffee ceremony is performed often in peoples' homes for personal consumption and as a sign of hospitality for guests. Similar to most East African kids who have grown up experiencing the coffee ceremony throughout their childhood, Efrem's is no different and it is from there his passion grew to launch Boon Boona Coffee.

Boon Boona Coffee wants You to experience the coffee ceremony at home also, check out our tutorial videos on our Media page, or come into our cafe in Renton.

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