No one is turned away from an Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

By Louise Maher |

The ritual has been practiced for centuries in the African nation — the birthplace of the coffee bean.

It is an integral part of the daily life and culture of Ethiopian people around the world.

This Sunday, September 27, Canberrans have been invited to attend a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony as part of the Windows to the World expo at Government House.

Snacks such as popcorn and dabo (bread) are often served during the an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. (PHOTO: 666 ABC Canberra: Louise Maher.)

Snacks such as popcorn, dabo (bread) are often served during the an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. (PHOTO: 666 ABC Canberra: Louise Maher.)

During a preview demonstration, Ethiopian Embassy liaison officer Aidan Lloyd said the ceremony was very important to Ethiopians.

“It is all about bringing people together,” Mr Lloyd said.

Embassy first secretary Eshetu Damitew Tefera said the ceremony was performed for friends and family, often several times a day.

The tradition is also a way to welcome newcomers, share news and bring people together to settle disputes.

How the ceremony works

Green coffee beans are washed before being roasted over coals or a small gas stove.

Guests are invited to smell the aroma.

The roasted coffee beans are continuously shaken to ensure they evenly browned. (PHOTO: 666 ABC Canberra: Louise Maher)

The roasted coffee beans are continuously shaken to ensure they evenly browned. (PHOTO: 666 ABC Canberra: Louise Maher)

The beans are then ground, traditionally with a pestle in a wooden mortar, and then boiled in a clay pot called a jebena.

After allowing the brew to settle, the hostess will pour the coffee in a continuous stream into small, handleless cups.

Mr Tefera said guests were invited to drink three rounds of coffee, each cup progressively weaker.

The first pouring is called “abol”, the second “tama” and the third “bereka”, meaning blessings.

He said the ceremony was the way people showed their love and respect for coffee.

“It is very important to have three cups of coffee [when] you are invited here,” Mr Tefera said.

“People are excited, they enjoy it, they are gathering together — they get a lot of benefits from coffee.”

Source: ABC News Australia
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