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The Language of Coffee Love!

Posted by Tewodros Fekadu on April 09, 2015 . 0 Comments

When you combine over 1000 years of history with around 15 million Ethiopians currently relying on coffee either directly or indirectly as their livelihood, it doesn't take much to realise how important coffee is to the Ethiopians. In fact, coffee is so deeply rooted in Ethiopian culture that it comes to life in many of their daily expressions relating to social life as well as relationships with people and food. 

In the Ethiopian national language (Amharic), the word for "coffee" is "buna" and probably one of the most well known proverbs that best describes the place of coffee in Ethiopian culture is "buna dabo naw" meaning "Coffee is our bread". This proverb gives us great insight into the importance of coffee as part of the daily Ethiopian diet and the role it plays as a source of sustenance.

It is also an incredibly important part of their social life. If you have ever been fortunate to visit Ethiopia, you...

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How did "coffee" get its name?

Posted by Tewodros Fekadu on December 28, 2014 . 0 Comments

 

 

 

 

So where does the word "coffee" come from? Good question. The truth of the matter is that no one seems to definitively know.  

What we do know is that it is generally agreed that the word coffee was introduced into European languages, most likely via the Italian term caffe in the late 1500s - early 1600sBut where did the Italians get the word? 

Well, this is where the conjecture starts, but one theory is that the term is rooted in the Ethiopian word for coffee bean, bunna, which morphed into the Arabic phrase Gahhwat al-Bun meaning wine of the bean, which was then shortened to Gahwa/Kahway/Qahwa, then to the Turkish word Kahve, which the Italians changed into caffe and finally it became the English term coffee.  

Another simpler thought is that the term derives from the name for a region of Ethiopia called Kaffa - home to the Mankira forest...

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The Coffee Ceremony

Posted by Tewodros Fekadu on November 29, 2014 . 0 Comments

Imagine living in a country where there was an actual daily ceremony dedicated to coffee! Now, I'm not talking about making a bee-line to the coffee cart or local cafe on your way into work. Nor am I talking about popping a capsule into the pod machine for your morning hit. I am talking about a full coffee ceremony where green beans are hand roasted and transformed into delicious cups of coffee right in front of your eyes. Mind you, it takes time. You need a spare hour or two in your day to get through the mandatory three cups of coffee prepared diligently by your host, but in Ethiopia, this is part of daily social life and the whole process can be repeated up to three times a day (morning, noon and night) depending on the days events.  

Coffee is an integral part of Ethiopian life with coffee ceremonies being held...

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Launch off - Mankira Coffee on the Gold Coast!

Posted by Tewodros Fekadu on November 20, 2014 . 0 Comments

Gold Coast, QLD – The birthplace of coffee finds home on the Gold Coast with the launch of Ethiopian coffee brand, Mankira Coffee owned by local Gold Coaster Tewodros Fekadu. Tewodros, originally from Ethiopia, started Mankira Coffee out of his desire to share the best of Ethiopian coffee set against a cultural backdrop and strong linkages to the past.

Ethiopian legend has it that coffee was born in the Mankira forest of the Kaffa region in western Ethiopia centuries ago when a herder named Kaldi noticed that his goats started dancing energetically when they nibbled on the red berries of a particular bush and out of curiosity, Kaldi tried the berries too. His excitement over the discovery prompted him to take the berries to a monk, but the disapproving monk threw them into a fire, from which an enticing aroma billowed. The roasted beans were raked from the embers, ground, and dissolved in hot...

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