Coffee forms the center of a respected daily event in the country with the renowned Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony gaining popularity all across the globe.

By ADC Editorial Team (Africa.com) |

Ethiopia is widely considered to be the birthplace of coffee with many experts being of the opinion that Ethiopia is the only country that grew coffee natively.  Today, an estimated 12 million people in Ethiopia are actively involved in the cultivation and picking of coffee. In this day and age Ethiopian coffees are ranked among the world’s most varied and distinctive, and at least one, the Yirgacheffe, ranks among the very finest. Approximately 50% of the country’s coffee production is consumed domestically with the balance being exported to all corners of the globe.

Ethiopia is where the frequently-told story is told of a goat breeder who noticed a difference in the behavior of his animals after eating the berries from a particular tree. Taking the berries to a nearby monastery the monks brewed a tea for him from it and so coffee was developed and refined from the resulting brew, spreading like wildfire across the region and the rest of the world. Coffee forms the center of a respected daily event in the country with the renowned Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony gaining popularity all across the globe.

The Cultural Significance of the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony is a very important part of Ethiopian culture and involves roasting coffee beans and preparing boiled coffee in a vessel that is very similar to the ibriks that is used by the Turks to make coffee.  In certain parts of the country, the woman of the house performs in the 2-3 hour long coffee ceremony up to three times a day. The ceremony is said to be the most important social occasion in many villages and is performed when welcoming visitors and in times of celebration. Brewing a fragrant coffee at home is taught from a young age and forms as much part of a child’s upbringing as reading and animal herding does.

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