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 in most households, regardless of social or economic status, on a daily basis. Both in the city and in the villages, the coffee ceremony is the primary social event where the time is used to discuss the community, politics, life and local gossip. It is an important cultural ritual that has been passed down through the generations and is the foundation of Ethiopian hospitality.