In and of itself, drinking the final coffee is not enough, an Ethiopian might tell you. The whole process of making coffee and drinking, also called Ethiopian coffee ceremony, has a special place in a traditional Ethiopian family. The tradition of brewing coffee at home is a very old tradition with little or no change for centuries. It makes a lot of sense that it dates back centuries as Ethiopia is the birthplace of Coffee.
Today, almost every house prepares coffee at home, and every process begins with sorting the green beans. The purpose of sorting is to pick out the damaged and unnecessary objects so as to process only the good coffee beans. After being done with this process, washing the green beans with a hand follows, usually on a coffee-roasting pan where it will be roasted right after.
During the roasting process, the aromatic smell it produces is one of the key components of the Ethiopian coffee ceremony that one does not want to miss. It is like a ritual, a ritual that takes place with the presence of family, friends, neighbors and even total strangers. At this stage, whoever is making coffee invites a guest, a stranger, or anyone coming in contact during the ceremony. The chitchat and gossip usually start at this stage.
After roasting the coffee just right, they ground the roasted coffee into flour, and later add it to the boiling water in an Ethiopian coffee pot called ‘Jebena’, which is made of clay.
At this point, friends, families, and neighbors all take part in drinking the coffee. The chitchat now intensifies! People talk, people laugh, people share stories, people give advises, people reprimand other, etc.
That whole process is what comes to mind when one talks about drinking coffee the Ethiopian way.
Now enjoy your Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony