Bu’na: The Soul of Coffee in Toronto was opened by Nunu and her husband Chris Rampen after the space next to their restaurant, Nunu Ethiopian Fusion, became available.

By Amanda Scriver (Sprudge) |

Ethiopia is the world’s fifth largest coffee producer, so it’s no surprise that many origin stories of coffee center around the country. Nearly 50,000 folks of Ethiopian descent have taken up residence in the Toronto area, according to the Greater Toronto Area’s Ethiopian Association. With those numbers, it’s no wonder that cafes such as Bu’na: The Soul of Coffee have opened their doors. Committed entirely to traditional Ethiopian coffee and the roasting ceremonies that go along with it, Bu’na offers a hands-on look at the country’s coffee culture.

Located on a busy stretch of Queen Street West in Toronto, the cafe was opened by Nunu and her husband Chris Rampen after the space next to their restaurant, Nunu Ethiopian Fusion, became available. “We were hoping for a synergy between the two for sure,” Rampen says, though he admits that they didn’t have much of a plan in the beginning. When they opened Bu’na, they decided to offer an extension of the popular coffee program offered at Nunu and expand on it.

Like other third wave coffee shops, the space itself is open and airy with beautiful tile work, wood finishings, and bench seating. As you step into the cafe, you’re immediately hit with the smell of freshly roasted beans, which is something they take very seriously. Each day, the baristas hand-roast batches of freshly imported Ethiopian beans every hour to ensure patrons are receiving the best taste possible.

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