Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

A great saying in Ethiopia is “Buna dabo naw”, which when translated means “Coffee is our bread!”

The Ethiopian coffee ceremony is a central part of the culture, and an invitation to attend is considered a mark of friendship and shows Ethiopian hospitality at its best. Guests who are invited to a ceremony  drink three cups of coffee, each representing a blessing.

CPA Directors have regularly been invited to partake in this ceremony when visiting friends in Ethiopia – although three cups of coffee at 11pm can make sleeping a bit of a challenge!

The ceremony lasts a few hours and is usually conducted by one women in traditional Ethiopian dress. It starts with the utensils being arranged and coffee beans are roasted in a flat pan over a charcoal stove or fire. Once the husk of the beans has been removed and the beans are black and releasing essential oils they are ground by a pestle and mortar.

The ground coffee is then added to water in a traditional coffee pot made of black clay known as a ‘jebena’ which has a thin neck and pouring spout. The mixture is then brought to the boil and removed from the heat.

Once the coffee has been strained through a fine sieve several times it is ready to be served!

Guests are served first starting with the eldest in the room and the coffee is then given to family and friends. The coffee is poured from a great height into small cups.

It is usually taken without milk but with plenty of sugar – at least three sugars go in!

We hope you enjoyed this recipe - please let us know how you got on!

In the meantime, can you help?

During the Coronavirus pandemic, life under 'lockdown' has been extremely tough for many families in Uganda. With significant restrictions in place, many Ugandans have had no income at all during this period. Although food is available in the country, many families simply can’t afford to buy it.

We are working with our partners to provide emergency food parcels for vulnerable families in communities where we have projects. The parcels contain essential food and household items that will last for at least a month.

A typical basket costs £40 and contains the following items:

- 4kg of maize flour

- 4kg of rice

- 5kg of ground nuts

- 5kg of beans

- 4kg of sugar

- 4 packets of salt

- 2 bars of soap

- 3 pieces of laundry soap

If you would like to help, click here.

Any donation - no matter how much - will be gratefully received. 100% of any donations will go directly to providing food parcels.

Thank you for your generosity.

The CPA team