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Tomoca Coffee makes me happy

BY Broken Dishes

Feb 10, 2021, 02:08 PM

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ETHIOPIAN MACCHIATO
If you had asked me last week, I would have told you the only thing that will get me out of bed in the morning is a large steaming mug of Kericho tea. Then my colleague who visited and loved Tomoca Coffee in Addis Ababa heard they opened a second branch in Nairobi and dragged my ass there.

We chose the Tomocca Coffee at Ananas Shopping Center in Westlands because it is just around the corner from our office. I planned to order my usual latte with cookies until I looked at the menu and lo and behold, there was no latte in sight. Just fancy names like Sprice, Cravate, and Cortado. 

Plain black coffee is the little black dress of the coffee world. You can’t go wrong with it. That explains my first order. I asked for the Sprice which our waitress explained is a blend of sweetened black tea and black coffee. If nothing else, at least I was going to enjoy the sweet tea, right?

Let me tell you how I fell in love. 

It was served in a dainty glass cup through which I could see the tea and coffee layers. One sip and I could taste the roaster’s talent and dedication to their job. Seriously. That first cup was the best coffee I have ever had. Next, I ordered the Macchiato which is a blend of espresso, milk froth, and a dash of milk. This one was more familiar but the coffee was stronger than I am used to. One cup and I was buzzing. Two cups and I might have stopped to feel my feet. The Macchiato came with a chocolate brownie which was…heavenly. Better than traffic-free Nairobi on a Monday morning.
I learned a few things about Ethiopian coffee on this trip
  • Whether you love or hate a cup of coffee depends on how fresh the beans are.
  • Coffee doesn’t need flavoring.
  • Sugar is used to mask flavorless coffee. It's why for most local joints, a double means more milk rather than more coffee.  If you want to draw out the flavor of fresh beans, use cream instead.
  • Tomoca coffee is made with Ethiopian Arabica beans.
  • The shop we visited at Ananas Shopping Center in Westlands is only three weeks old. The flagship store at Two Rivers Mall opened its doors six months ago.
For such a bougie looking place, the prices are good. On a scale of five, it’s a three-coin place. Oh, and their walls are adorned with art by Kenyan artists. My favorite was this mural by Bank Slave featuring Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie and our very own GOAT Eliud Kipchoge and a lion head by Steve Nyaga.
A Mural By Bank Slave
Tomoca Coffee isn’t your usual bustling fast food joint. With the background of soft music and the smell of freshly brewed coffee, it would be a great spot for an intimate date or a nook to steal a few hours to catch up on reading. The best part is with it so close to my office, I can pop in often.
Art Work By Steve Nyaga