New Leeds coffee shop concept reflects rich Ethiopian heritage

A new shop has opened in Leeds city centre celebrating the best of Ethiopian craft coffee.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 11:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 1:53 pm
Helen Green, associate director at Town Centre Securities, with Rita Seman.

Konga Coffee and Takeaway on Wade Lane in the Leeds Arena Quarter aims to give concert goers, shoppers, local workers and students their daily caffeine fix.

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Konga’s owner, Rita Seman, comes from a varied culinary background, having begun her career importing and exporting coffee in Ethiopia 10 years ago.

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This sparked her idea for a traditionally inspired Ethiopian coffee shop - a concept that reflects the coffee’s bean rich Ethiopian heritage and birthplace.

She said: “We’re extremely excited to become part of Leeds Arena Quarter. The Merrion Centre offers a unique location in giving us direct access to an

abundance of office workers, leisure visitors and the ever-increasing international student population. We can’t wait to introduce our traditional Ethiopian coffee heritage to the people of Leeds!”

Helen Green, associate director at Town Centre Securities (TCS), owners of the Merrion Centre, said: ’Rita’s passion for coffee is evident in this new exciting concept, and we are

thrilled to welcome Konga Coffee’s founding store to the Merrion Centre.

"We are confident that this new, specialist coffee house will be a fantastic addition to our existing eclectic mix of niche independent operators, and look forward to Konga Coffee bringing even more new customers to the region!”.