Coffee is the most widely consumed stimulant beverage in Ethiopia. As referenced by our supplier, about 50% of the total produce is consumed locally. The annual per capital consumption of coffee in Ethiopia is about 2.4 kilograms. This is comparable to the consumption level of the leading coffee consuming countries. One can bravely say that coffee, in Ethiopia, is not produced only for export purposes, but also as highly prized and much favored traditional beverage.

A number of sources indicate that the term “Coffee” was derived from “Kaffa”, a region in the southwestern part of the Ethiopian highland, where it was first discovered. It is from this part of the country that coffee spread to the rest of the world and constituted the ancestors of the present days coffee plantations across the globe.

Today, the coffee ceremony where coffee is roasted, ground and brewed is central to Ethiopian lifestyle. It is indiscriminately playing a pivotal role in the Ethiopian culture of hospitality as it is widely used in get-togethers for celebration or mourning and to ward off drowsiness.

Ancient Ethiopian ancestors have designed a special pot made of clay and called it “JEBENA” that was used to brew the coffee slowly. They also designed a special pan to roast the coffee beans slowly and evenly using a special technique. They have learned that the coffee’s taste depends on how it is roasted and brewed.

If you have a chance to visit Ethiopia, try not to miss the traditional “Jebena” coffee ceremony, you will love it.