About Us

About Us

ETHIOPIA the original birthplace of coffee.

LAMTIKA coffee was an idea birthed during a visit to Ethiopia between December 1991 and February 1992. While living amongst the Banna tribes people at a village called Alduba in Southern Ethiopia Kim visited a local market and saw some green beans lying on a blanket laid out on the red sandy ground. That day Kim bought all 4 kilograms of raw green coffee beans. After roasting and grinding the coffee he placed the beans into a French Press and added hot water. After waiting 4 minutes he pressed the coffee. Lifting the coffee cup to his lips and taking a sip of the black liquid the first thing he realised was that this was the best coffee he had ever tasted.

How could this be? What were coffee shops around the world selling that tasted so terrible? Bitter/Burnt tasting mud puddle water.

So began the quest which launched Kim on a 25 year adventure to discover what makes a great coffee.

The penultimate result of this search and dedication is our very own LAMTIKA coffee.

Kim Kennelly with 372 Bana tribe people repair earth dam in Kaiaffa settlement.
Bana men decorating their head gear and preparation to leave village on a hunting trip. (Centre left: Wor ray Altay, centre right: My ah Altay, Left foreground seated: I kay Dammu)
Banna men decorating their head gear in preparation to leave Alduba village on a hunting trip. (Centre left: Wor ray Altay, centre right: My ah Altay, Left foreground seated: I kay Dammu) (Jan 1992)

Lamtika coffee is the only energy drink you need. Drink it black, with milk or cream it is a delight.

DSC_0612RG logoOur Coffee roaster Mr. Kim Kennelly is a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Roasters Guild (RG).

Membership number 6988408.

E: kimkennelly@lamtikacoffee.com