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coffee ceremony symbolizes friendship or respect.

An important part of Ethiopian culture is their coffee ceremony.  An invitation to participate in a coffee ceremony symbolizes friendship or respect.

From hand roasting to grinding with a mortar and pestle to brewing in a traditional clay coffee pot, the ceremony can take hours and is presided over by one young woman who is dressed in traditional Ethiopian garb.

The youngest child announces that the coffee is to be served and presents the first cup of coffee to the eldest person in the room. The young woman pours the coffee into each tiny China cup from a height of one foot without an interruption.   She then serves her family, friends and neighbors.

In most parts of Ethiopia, the coffee ceremony takes place three times a day.  It is the main social event within the village . . . it’s a time to talk about current events and gossip.

From hand roasting to grinding with a mortar and pestle to brewing in a traditional clay coffee pot, the ceremony can take hours and is presided over by one young woman who is dressed in traditional Ethiopian garb.

The youngest child announces that the coffee is to be served and presents the first cup of coffee to the eldest person in the room. The young woman pours the coffee into each tiny China cup from a height of one foot without an interruption.   She then serves her family, friends and neighbors.

In most parts of Ethiopia, the coffee ceremony takes place three times a day.  It is the main social event within the village . . . it’s a time to talk about current events and gossip.

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