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.

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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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2 Responses

    • Berhanemarcos Tadesse

      Mesfin Tadesse is a biologist with over 35 years of teaching,
      research, administrative and field experience in plants
      of Africa, Europe, Scandinavia and the United States.
      As a Professor, he taught plant biology and other biological courses at
      Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, The Ohio State University, and at
      Columbus State Community College. So far he has written four books:
      “The Asteraceae of Ethiopia” (2004), “Some Endemic Plants of
      Ethiopia” (1991), “An illustrated guide to the trees and shrubs in
      the Red Cross Project (UMCC-DPP) areas in Wello, Ethiopia”
      (1994), and “Trees and Shrubs from some hillside closures in
      Wello” (1987). He has also published over 60 scientifi c articles in
      reputed journals, one with direct relevance to the current work is
      “An ecological and ethnobotanical study of wild or spontaneous coffee,
      Coffea arabica L. in Ethiopia (1996) published by Kluwer Academic
      Publishers, The Netherlands
      Home of Arabica Coffee
      Early Use, Folklore, Coffee Ceremony,
      Origin and Biology
      M E S F I N T A D E S S E
      I am a reader and supporter of your endeavor for good cause. However, “Buna” has the same meaning as coffee. Buna cafe seems is redound! Why so?
      I recommend for you to read this new book. You can go to http://www.amazon.com. and can own one.

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