Besides being the birthplace of the coffee tree, Ethiopia also has one of the most alluring coffee ceremonies in the world. Indeed, Ethiopians celebrate coffee with an elaborate ceremony, one which forms an integral part of their culture and social life. The process commences before the coffee is even brewed, with the honored hostess adorning herself in a traditional white dress complete with brightly colored borders; she then proceeds to wash, roast and grind the coffee beans in an entertaining display of skills and aromas for her guests.
Next, the coffee is brewed and then strained through a fine sieve several times to ensure that the coffee runs pure and without pieces of beans, before being served to family, friends, and neighbors watching and waiting in great anticipation for the culmination of the grand procedure. In culmination, the lady gracefully and expertly pours a golden stream of coffee into little cups called 'cini', (pronounced si-ni) from a height of one or more feet, all without spilling a single drop!
If this sounds like an experience you cannot miss but are not ready to make the trip to the motherland of coffee, at least you can grab a bag of 734 Coffee!