The Arabica plant, which produces the coffee beans that account for most of the world’s coffee today, was first discovered in Ethiopia over a thousand years ago.
By Laila Kazmi (KCTS 9) |
SEATTLE, Wash.―Seattle: Unsurprisingly voted America’s top city for coffee lovers. It’s the home of Starbucks — there is practically one at every other corner — and an abundance of independent shops roast their own beans and serve up gourmet blends. You never have to go far to grab a cup of joe. Or a grande triple-shot espresso with a hit of pumpkin spice.
But amid this bustle of a big-city, fast-moving, grab-and-go coffee culture, a slower, centuries-old tradition quietly thrives behind the doors of a handful of Ethiopian restaurants and shops.
At the Adugenet Ethiopian Kitchen & Bar, tucked in a row of shops and restaurants in the Hillman City neighborhood, owner Haimi (who goes only by her first name) serves up Ethiopian coffee daily. And sometimes — if you ask for it — she will do a whole coffee ceremony for you, granted you’re willing to take the time needed to enjoy the experience.
In Ethiopian culture, coffee is just one piece of a larger tradition. Another key piece is community. When the coffee is brewing, it is a time to stop, disconnect and let the world go by. Take in the aroma of the roasted beans and incense, and be prepared to socialize.
For artist and long-time Seattle resident Sultan Mohamed, the coffee is a reminder of home.
“I grew up with coffee ceremony every morning in Ethiopia,” he says.
“We call it nu buna tetu,” Mohamed says. Buna means coffee in Amharic and, as Mohamed explains, Nu buna tetu translates to “come and have coffee with us.”
Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee. The Arabica plant, which produces the coffee beans that account for most of the world’s coffee today, was first discovered there over a thousand years ago.
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