While tea is traditionally more popular than coffee in Nigeria, coffee consumption has been steadily growing in recent years. This has led to a growing coffee culture in Nigeria. 

Cafés and coffee shops are becoming more prevalent, especially in urban areas due to coffee’s heavy influence on the younger generation.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the growing coffee culture in Nigeria, exploring its history in Nigeria, its impact on socialization, and the presumed future of coffee in Nigeria.

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History of Coffee in Nigeria

Though no one can ascertain the exact timeline, Coffee was introduced to the Nigerian people in the 19th century.

During the initial phase, coffee was a great source of income for local farmers. In the 1930s, the government even stepped in and provided these farmers with both arabica and robusta beans in an attempt to help the production of these caffeinated beans flourish. 

While the Government assistance worked for a while, 100 years later, the production of Coffee in Nigeria has been on a steady decline.

The Growing Coffee Culture In Nigeria

While the reproduction of coffee is on a steady decline, the coffee culture in Nigeria has experienced a steady rise in the last few years. Below are some key aspects contributing to the growing coffee culture in Nigeria:

Global Influences: Global trends through the internet and travel, have played a significant role in the rise of coffee culture in Nigeria. Coffee is becoming a symbol of sophistication and also a trendy beverage choice.

Increase of Coffee Shops: The increase of coffee shops and cafes in urban cities like Lagos and Abuja has been important in shaping the coffee culture. Coffee shops provide a social environment for people to gather, and socialize, integrating coffee into daily routines.

Specialty Coffee: Despite the popularity of instant coffee, there is a rise in interest in specialty coffee, as coffee lovers explore different coffee varieties, brewing methods, and flavours. 

Changing Perceptions of Coffee: Once considered a foreign and exotic beverage, Coffee is now gaining wider acceptance. Coffee is becoming more than just a drink; it’s a lifestyle choice. Enjoying a cup of coffee is more than just having your favourite cup of java. It is a statement. 

Coffee in Social and Business Settings: These days in Nigeria, Coffee is a normal part of business meetings with Coffee houses like Zuma Coffee providing rentable spaces for individuals to have meetings and enjoy coffee while at it

Cultural Events and Celebrations: The presence of coffee at cultural events, exhibitions, and celebrations has added to its allure. Coffee is not just a beverage but is becoming intertwined with creativity, vibrancy, and cultural experiences.

Economic Opportunities and Entrepreneurship: The rise of coffee culture creates economic opportunities. Entrepreneurs and coffee enthusiasts are establishing businesses along the coffee value chain, from coffee shops to local roasteries, contributing to the overall growth of the industry.

Growing Coffee Culture In Nigeria

The Presumed Future of Coffee in Nigeria

Substantial advancement in growing the coffee culture in Nigeria needs government involvement, and without the active participation of farmers’ associations to promote coffee production, transformative changes are unlikely. Nevertheless, despite there’s uncertainty, there is a glimmer of hope. A proposed act to establish a National Tea and Coffee Development Council has successfully progressed through the Nigerian National Assembly. Enacting this legislation holds the potential to provide the necessary impetus for the coffee industry, fostering positive change.



While tea remains an integral part of Nigerian culture, the increasing popularity of coffee signifies a cultural shift that aligns with global trends. The combination of global influences, urbanization, and a growing interest in diverse coffee experiences has fueled the rise of coffee culture in Nigeria over the past few years.

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