Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony in Phoenix: A Different Kind of After Dinner Drink
|A cup of Ethiopian coffee|
"In America people talk over drinks," customer Kalkidan Kifleyesus explains. "[The ceremony is] like that. It's the community aspect of it."
When finished brewing, Ejersa brings each customer a tiny porcelain cup of the strong, bitter coffee. While most often enjoyed black, some require sugar to tone down the taste. The first pouring called abol will be the strongest, with the second and third, huletegna and bereka, becoming increasingly milder in flavor.
By the time you're ready to leave, you'll be feeling as comfortable as if you had been chatting with old friends and most likely, they'll be asking when you're coming back. The ceremony offers an insight into a different world and lifestyle where community building is engrained into shared, common cultural practices. It will change your view of "after dinner drinks" for life.