Ethiopian Coffee Culture: How And Where To Drink It

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Ethiopian Coffee Culture

Addis Ababa is fantastic for stumbling upon stylish coffee shops, but not so much for experiencing a classic Ethiopian coffee ceremony. So we headed to the walled city of Harar in the arid, camel-dotted north of the country — not what you’d expect of one of the world’s leading coffee growing regions. Harar is, and has been, an important trade center for coffee. Throughout the city, women were laying out beans to dry in the sun. We arrived at a small thatched hut with a dark interior that smelled of incense, earth, and the sweet aroma of coffee roasting in a pan over an open charcoal fire.