Your Own Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony | God's World News
Your Own Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
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Posted: January 01, 2024
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    Elshalom stirs green coffee beans as they cook in Blacklick, Ohio. (Kayla Salia)
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    Ezekiel uses a mortar and pestle to grind the roasted beans. (Kayla Salia)
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    Mercy puts ground coffee in the jebena while her sister, Aliya, watches. (Kayla Salia)
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    Aliya and Elshalom prepare to enjoy coffee in traditional cups called sinis. (Kayla Salia)
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    Kablone, Mercy, Aliya, and Elshalom enjoy their coffee with popcorn. (Kayla Salia)
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Meet WORLDkids Aliya, Mercy, and Zeke Salia, and Elshalom and Kablone Walelign. Their families come from Ethiopia, one of the world’s oldest countries. They can teach you about the Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

1. Roast green coffee beans in a pot for a few minutes. Soon they’ll turn brown.

2. Pass them around so everyone can take a sniff.

3. Next, use a mortar and pestle to grind the beans into powder.

4. Put that powder into a jebena (clay Ethiopian coffee pot). Meanwhile, boil water in a little teapot.

5. Pour the hot water into the jebena. While the coffee brews, burn itan, or frankincense. Coffee smells great already. Frankincense just adds more fragrance.

6. Let the coffee come to a boil several times. Serve it to each person in a small cup called a sini. As the ceremony goes on, each person drinks three sinis apiece.

AND DON’T FORGET THE POPCORN! Not buttered. Popcorn with salt and sugar.

Ethiopia at a Glance:

Population: about 123 million

Capital City: Addis Ababa

Languages: Oromo, Amharic, and nearly 100 more

Farming: teff grain, beeswax, sugarcane, coffee

Food: fermented teff (an ancient grain) dough called injera covered with sauces called wats