Birmingham says “karibu” to new East African themed coffee shop

Karibu Coffee House
Karibu coffee house owners Majid and Azmina Mandania.

Expats from East Africa and those wanting to sample food and drink from the region, including tea from Kenya, can now indulge their craving thanks to a couple from Tanzania who  have opened a new coffee shop in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Karibu Coffee House Birmingham
Karibu Coffee House in Birmingham. Photo: Instagram/karibucoffeehouse

Family run Karibu Coffee House welcomes patrons with African music, a rich coffee smell and a list of Tanzanian facts for those who want to know more about the origins of the food and drink they are enjoying.

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Facts about Tanzania are displayed in the coffee shop. Photo: Facebook

Married couple Majid and Azmina Mandania moved to Birmingham from Tanzania two years ago with their 14 and seven year old children.

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Big G Bubble Gum is one of the treats from home available at Karibu Coffee House. Photo: Facebook

Azmina said they wanted to open Birmingham’s first East African themed coffee house “where friends, family, young and old can come together and enjoy quality time while sipping away some of the best coffee and teas available from East Africa.”

Karibu Coffee Shop
Karibu Coffee Shop. Photos: Facebook

“A man came in the other day and he had tears in his eyes as he sat and ate some Mandazi. He said he was 13 when he left Kenya and it really reminded him of his childhood,” she told Birmingham Live.

The coffee they serve is home grown in Tanzania and roasted by small speciality roasters who only select the best beans. Also on offer are African delicacies and bites such as Mbaazi and Mandazi, Chips Mayai, Maharage and Chapati.

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Mandazi with Mbaazi from Karibu Coffee House. Photo: Instagram

If you are in Birmingham and would like to visit the coffee house, you will find it at 110 High Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DT.

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