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Ukrainian specialty coffee roaster Fresh Black to begin shipping to EU markets

The Kiev-based coffee roaster is establishing a distribution hub in Poland in preparation for shipping to markets across Europe

Fresh Black operates a roastery, coffee shop and barista school from its Kiev coffee centre | Photo credit: Fresh Black


Kiev-based Fresh Black is set to begin shipping its specialty coffee to European Union markets after opening a new warehouse in Poland. 

The business, which will continue to roast in Kiev, said on Instagram that it has already begun distribution in Poland and will soon commence shipping to other EU countries. 

Fresh Black has also launched a new EU website listing its 200g packaged specialty coffee, which is retailing from PLN 45 ($11.44), alongside wholebean blends and drip coffee bags. 

Founded in 2010, Fresh Black operates a roastery, coffee shop and barista school from its Kiev coffee centre – which it promotes as the largest of its kind in Eastern Europe. The business currently roasts over 50 tons of coffee monthly which is primarily distributed to coffee shops and restaurants across Ukraine. 

Despite the ongoing Russian invasion, several Ukrainian coffee businesses have achieved international expansion within the last two years. 

Market leader, Lviv Croissants, which has more than 160 bakery cafés across Ukraine, launched in Poland in October 2022 and has scaled to 11 sites across six Polish cities. 

In February 2023, Ukrainian coffee shop owner Maks Isakov launched a new coffee roasting business, Kavka Coffee, in Maine, US, after shuttering his coffee shop in Vinnytsya in 2022. Treading a similar path, Ternopil-based coffee roaster Soloway Coffee – which has two coffee shops and a bakery under the name Karma Kava in Ukraine – opened its first international location in Chicago, US, in February 2024.  

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