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In the Horn of Africa lies the beautiful country of Ethiopia, the place where Arabica coffee beans were first discovered by goats. Coffee beans are matured seeds in cherry-like berries that are usually found in the mountainous regions of Ethiopia. The culture around coffee is truly beautiful. There is a famous saying in Ethiopian:
"Buna dabo naw"
Which translates to "Our coffee, is our bread."
Ethiopians love coffee so much they associate it with life and good nourishment. Ethiopia may only be the 5th largest coffee producing country in the world, but in Africa they are the largest coffee producing country of the continent. They produced about 972 Million pounds of coffee in 2020 alone!
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Because of the rich history of coffee, Ethiopia have many traditions that involve it.
A very well-known tradition in Ethiopia, is the Coffee Ceremony! This is a time when family and friends get together to enjoy coffee be prepared in front of them. The host first roasts the green coffee beans in a pan until roasted to a medium brown. The roasted beans are then ground manually using a mortar and pestle. The process make the coffee is about 2-3 hours but this is a time where family and friends catch up with each other. The ground coffee and water are then brewed together and served. Many Ethiopians enjoy their coffee black with just sugar. The coffee is also served with popcorn! Possibly to enjoy while waiting for their delicious coffee be made!
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Ethiopia has the best environment when it comes to producing the best coffee beans. The common regions where coffee is grown in Ethiopia are:
Earthgrounds Ethiopian Coffee is from Sidamo Region, where the flavors of the coffee have a natural fruity, chocolate-y, and caramel taste. But also, depending which region you are in, the taste of the coffee beans may vary. In some regions they wash the beans where the taste is lighter and have a more jasmine flower, lemon grass, or blueberry flavor to it. Washed or unwashed, the coffee made from the beans are still heavenly.
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For more information about Ethiopia, check out these references that we used to help us write this blog:
How to Perform an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony (2019) Lindsey Goodwin https://www.thespruceeats.com/ethiopian-coffee-ceremony-765830
Look Inside an Ethiopian Coffee (n.d) Africa Demand Ceremony https://www.demandafrica.com/food/look-inside-an-ethiopian-coffee-ceremony/
Ethiopian Coffee: Everything You Need To Know About The Birthplace Of Coffee (n.d) Alex Mastin https://www.homegrounds.co/ethiopian-coffee/#The_Flavour_Profile_Of_Ethiopian_Beans_What_To_Expect