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Wednesday
Jul012009

Coffee Ceremony

It's impossible to travel anywhere in Ethiopia without encountering coffee.  You think Starbucks is ubiquitous?  You've not seen anything like the availability of coffee in the cradle of coffee discovery -- Ethiopia.

I start every morning with a few small cups of freshly brewed coffee lovingly prepared by a coffee vendor right in the lobby of the hotel.  This purveyor delivers the nectar of the caffeine bean in the traditional style of the Ethiopian coffee ceremony.  

The ceremony involves actually roasting green beans over charcoal on site, then grinding them in a mortar and pestle.  The grinds are then placed in a traditional coffee pot and set to boil over another charcoal-filled brazier.  Once boiled, the pot is set to rest at the foot of the artisan to let the grounds settle.  The results are poured into a very small cup and complimented with at least a teaspoon of sugar.  Warm milk can be requested by those that prefer their morning concoction more dilute.  (They also have a salt and butter preparation, however that one's a bit too local for me!)

The result could not be any more fresh or intoxicating!  Ditch Starbucks.  We need some Ethiopian coffee gals in the United States.

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