Kafa Buna Coffee and Tea, which opened in September, has an Ethiopian theme. Along with coffee, gourmet hot chocolate and pastries, it offers a traditional coffee ceremony for groups of guests.
By Kim Leonard (Valley News Dispatch) |
Mengi Abtew is giving customers at Kafa Buna Coffee and Tea in New Kensington some pick-me-up with a bit of Ethiopian flavor.
The coffee shop on Fifth Avenue is Abtew’s dream, stemming from his 25 years of work in the coffee and sugar industries in his native Ethiopia and his love for coffee and its history and culture.
Kafa Buna, which opened in September, has an Ethiopian theme. Along with coffee, gourmet hot chocolate and pastries, it offers a traditional coffee ceremony for groups of guests.
In the ceremony, a server in ethnic dress washes, roasts and grinds beans before serving coffee in specialty cups while guests socialize. Abtew has held about five Ethiopian coffee ceremonies so far for groups of about a half-dozen people.
Coffee in Ethiopia isn’t viewed just as a beverage to help someone to wake up, or to stay up late, he said.
“We need coffee, to share ideas and talk with friends,” Abtew said. “We wanted to bring the culture here, too.”
Kafa Buna currently stocks imported, roasted beans from Ethiopia, where coffee is a main export, and he grinds and packages them at the shop. He plans to import green coffee beans and roast and package them, expand to online sales and offer a sandwich menu at the shop.
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