10 things to know about Ethiopian Coffee
Ethiopia, a country renowned for its warm and welcoming people, the Rastafari culture and most importantly; Coffee. This beverage has been a source of joy for many people worldwide. Over 54% of humans take coffee. If that isn’t proof of its allure, what is? In this article, you are going to learn about ten things you should know about Ethiopian coffee. After reading this article, we guarantee that you will be among the few who understand Ethiopian coffee.
Are you ready to become an Ethiopian coffee expert? Here we go.
1. There are over a thousand coffee varieties in Ethiopia. What you drink is just a handful of these types. Plenty of coffee varieties grow wild in the forests of Ethiopia. The locals harvest them for consumption or sale.
2. Ethiopia is where coffee was first discovered. According to folklore, a goat herder called Kaldi noticed his goats were becoming frisky after eating some red berries. Some say that the goats kept him at night after a day of feeding on the red berries. He tried the beans and felt a buzz. Next, he took a few berries to his local monks who decided that they were evil and threw them into the fire. The scent of the roasting beans filled the room; the next thing we know is that the monks began to use the berries to keep awake during the night.
3. The Ethiopian people highly regard coffee. This is evident in their Coffee ceremonies. As a matter of fact, every significant event has to begin with a coffee ceremony.
4. Ethiopian Coffee is known for its fruity and exotic flavour. This flavour is because of the high altitudes in which most of the coffee grows. With coffee having lots of flavours as compared to wine, (as high as 1,500 to the 200 found in wine) you can imagine how many flavours come from Ethiopian coffees.
5. In Ethiopia, half of the Coffee produced is consumed locally. The other half is exported to Europe and the rest to North America and Asia.
6. Ethiopia’s largest export is coffee; this is significant because 2% of the world’s coffee supply comes from Ethiopia.
7. Small scale farmers across Ethiopia produce over 95% of coffee. You can see why coffee is highly regarded. It’s a source of income for many households.
8. Due to coffee playing such a massive role in society, its name appears in many expressions. For instance, a common Ethiopian saying in Amharic (the official language of Ethiopia) “Buna dabo naw”. This translates to “coffee is our bread”. Thus the level of importance placed on coffee is immense.
9. Coffee was initially chewed as a stimulant by the local tribes for centuries. Also, some tribes used to ground the beans and mix them with ghee to serve as an energiser during long journeys.
10. Before coffee was taken as a beverage, several indigenous tribes used to ferment it into wine. Others used to take coffee as a porridge. Nowadays, some people add a small amount of butter to their coffee to make it more nutritional and tasty.
As you have read, coffee is an important cultural aspect. In summary, you have learned that;
⦁ There are over a thousand varieties of coffee in Ethiopia.
⦁ The word coffee can be found in many Amharic expressions.
⦁ Ethiopian coffee is full of flavour.
⦁ Coffee farming is a source of income for many
With the above information, you now have the edge over other coffee enthusiasts.
So if you haven’t sampled Ethiopian coffee before, why don’t you search out some and give it a taste? We have some of the best varieties in stock.
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