Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Not just a drink, coffee is a ceremony called bunna maflat, that plays an essential part of Ethiopian social life. The ceremony can take hours and is often conducted by a woman who wears a traditional dress.

The ceremony begins with washing and husking coffee beans on a heated pan. When the beans turn black, they are ground by hand and run through a sieve.
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Then it's slowly stirred into a clay pot known as the jebena.
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Coffee is sweetened with sugar and served in tiny cups for friends and family who've watched the process.
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As the Ethiopian proverb says, "buna dabo naw," or "coffee is our bread."