Why is coffee so important in Ethiopia?
There's an Ethiopian fable of a goatherd named Kaldi who lived in the Kaffa province of Ethiopia. One day Kaldi noticed that his goats had an unusual amount of energy after eating some cherry-like fruit (which contain the coffee bean at the center).
He ate the fruit himself and realized the energy that these magic beans gave him. Kaldi shared it with the rest of his friends and they laughed and danced the whole night. This is how coffee was introduced to Ethiopia, and then the rest of the world!
Today, the coffee ceremony is a core part of Ethiopian and Eritrean culture. Our families serve coffee daily, mainly for getting together with friends, family and neighbors. Raw coffee beans are roasted, grounded, brewed and served while we enjoy one another's company.