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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Cup of Ethiopian Hospitality

When I was finally able to visit Ethiopia in 2003, Himself had already been there many times as part of a military humanitarian project.  He met a family there and through the years we established a close relationship.

Ethiopia is the home of coffee... and there is an intricate hospitality ceremony to honor guests.  One does not just get handed a cup of coffee... it starts with the roasting of the still-green coffee beans.  It ends several hours later with the pouring of the last of three cups the freshest brewed coffee you'll ever have.

I was taught to do this ceremony (Belaynesh even made me a traditional dress to wear!).

Then she gave me a coffee set.

You can see the cups are small, so you don't get too much of a caffeine high.

Love the face carved into the handle of the tray!

The coffee pot and stand.

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