Millete Birhanemaskel of Whittier Café thought Ethiopian coffee ceremony on Sunday afternoons would be a unique way to bring the neighborhood together while educating folks about the origin of coffee.
By Ama Arthur-Asmah (KUSA) |
Sunday afternoons at Whittier Café in Denver, Colorado are rarely quiet.
Two and a half years ago, Millete Birhanemaskel opened Whittier Café in North Denver. She decided to create a spot where people from all walks of life could blend together.
“You can come in at any time and find a nice cross section of the community here,” Birhanemaskel said.
“The coffee shop went through so many transitions before we moved in, and the community has always loved this spot, but I think they felt disconnected, so we named it Whittier after the neighborhood just to give it back…to the neighborhood.”
One day Birhanemaskel, who is Ethiopian, decided to start doing a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony on Sunday afternoons.
She thought it would be a unique way to bring the neighborhood together while educating folks about the origin of coffee.
“It surprises me that people don’t know that coffee was discovered in Ethiopia,” Birhanemaskel said. “And it’s so much a part of our lives in America, but we don’t know that very small simple thing.”
The ceremony is very popular at the café among regulars like Dawn Crosswhite.
“When I found out about this ceremony, I was in heaven,” Crosswhite said.
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