Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Red Sea Ethiopian Restaurant
4717 University Ave. (between 47th & Euclid in City Heights)
San Diego, 92105
619-285-9722
www.redseasd.com

Roasting coffee beans brought to our table...ahhh, the aroma!

Roasting coffee beans brought to our table…ahhh, the aroma!

 

There’s nothing like the smell of roasting coffee & no better way to enjoy it than an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. Green coffee beans are roasted before your eyes, then a steaming ceramic pot of fresh Ethiopian coffee is brought to your table for a ceremonial pour. By “ceremonial” I mean it is poured from a point about 12 inches above your cup, giving you the sight, sound & smell of the freshly roasted coffee. We had the added visual of having ours in cups decorated with the Ethiopian flag. Cream and sugar are available, but I prefer mine black. The coffee is thick, almost like a food, but I’ve always said coffee should be considered a food!

The sound of the pour is part of the experience, too.

The sound of the pour is part of the experience, too.

Shared with friends is even better!

Shared with friends is even better!

 

Treat yourself to an Ethiopian dinner here, too. It’s a communal meal with a large injera (like a large pancake made with teff flour) placed in the center of the table and several scoops of side dishes are placed on top of the injera. The dishes may range from vegetarian (lentils, potatoes, spinach, split peas) to meat (lamb, chicken, beef…even raw beef is possible) & they’re usually not shy on spices. A piece of injera is ripped with your right hand & a bit of the vegetarian or meat dish is scooped up. Delicious! This website describes the process better than I can: http://uncorneredmarket.com/ethiopian-food/. They demonstrate the coffee ceremony at this link: http://photos.uncorneredmarket.com/Africa/Ethiopia/Ethiopian-Coffee-Ceremony/i-NvrJ4bf/A

Awash Market, 2884 El Cajon (between Utah & Kansas in University Heights) sells the green Ethiopian coffee beans, if you’d like to try roasting your own. They also sell injera & other ingredients to create your own Ethiopian experience.

A base of Injera with side dishes on top to rip and dip.

A base of Injera with side dishes on top to rip and dip.

 

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