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Debre Berhane Selassie

Debre Berhan Selassie an easy stroll 2km northeast of town. Despite its walls hosting the nation’s most vibrant ecclesiastical artwork, it’s the ceiling that captures most visitors’ imaginations. Think of Mona Lisa’s smile and multiply it 104 times!

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Erta Ale, the living Shield Volcano

Erta Ale is a very remote and rarely visited shield volcano in the Afar region of East Africa.

Erta Ale, the living Shield Volcano Erta Ale, the living Shield Volcano

Mulatu Astatke

The Father of Ethio Jazz: Mulatu Astatke

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Churches in Ethiopia

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Churches in Ethiopia Churches in Ethiopia

Kay Kabaro: Simien jackal

The Ethiopian wolf is the rarest canid in the world (Sillero 2001), and is one of the world's rarest mammals.

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Beautiful Scenery of Ethiopia

Awasa , southern Ethiopia’s largest city, is 100km further south and sits on the shores of attractive Lake Awasa. With plenty of facilities, a great fish market and row boats to boot, Awasa is a great place to stop.  

Beautiful Scenery of Ethiopia Beautiful Scenery of Ethiopia

Gonder: Medieval castles of Ethiopia

The Center of Ethiopian art and culture Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasilidas around 1635, is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches.

Gonder: Medieval castles of Ethiopia Gonder: Medieval castles of Ethiopia

Ethiopia: The birth place of Coffee

Enjoying favorable soil and altitude, Ethiopia is a home to varieties of endemic flora.

It’s also where varieties of crop plants have been domesticated  from wild species and has served  as the gene bank of several useful crop species .Coffee  is one of the notable gifts of Ethiopia to the world.

 

The origin of  coffee is the ever green afromontane  rain forest of the south western pat of Ethiopia. Many sources indicate that words like coffee, caffeine, café were derived from the root word Kaffa. Kaffa is a name of a place  in southern Ethiopia where coffee beans were  discovered and the beverage originated. Kaffa is still known for Jungle organic coffee.

 

 

The Discovery  of coffee beans

No one knew about coffee till gatherer, named kaldis who lived in one of the villages of kaffa region found his goats jumping and of dancing joyously while grazing o

n around green leafed bushy plant with red cherries.

Curious  he was, by the peculiar  euphoria of his goats, he determined  to test the cherries himself who later on felt  the powerful stimulating effect.

He then informed monks at the neighboring monastery who later on began to cherish  it as a stimulant to be able to stay awake during the long prayer service in the night .

Coffee trees began finding a home in other parts of the world around 9th c. It crossed the red sea and has got a name "Qaua"in Yemen. It was from there that it spread to Turkey, southern India, which the Dutch traders carried the plant to their colonies, Indonesia and Srilanka. From there, coffee spread to the Caribbean and South America.

Coffee Consumption in Ethiopia

It was long after its discovery that coffee bean has been made in to a hot drink. As it started to spread all over Ethiopia  there has been times when coffee was regarded as medicine and food. There are some practices that still remain with the Guragie people in the south central Ethiopia and  the Oromos in Borena , who drink coffee with butter as part of their daily meal.

As was the  case with the monks in the early days of the discovery of coffee, the stimulating effect of coffee has also been exploited by the suffies, the followers of one of the sects of Islam in Ethiopia who started to use it during  spiritual services.

Long before evolving into a hospitality industry the way coffee is made and served in Ethiopia has been gradually transformed in to a unique coffee ceremony which is becoming an integral part of social life. Nowadays, as tea ceremony is to the Japanese, coffee ceremony is to Ethiopia.

Coffee ceremony in Ethiopia starts with the roasting and  crashing of the beans followed  by brewing the flour  with a  tradition coffee pot. The whole set-up creates a vibrant social mood initiating discussions among neighbors and families on social issues .

 

A traditional coffee pot is called "Jebena". It is a black pot made of clay soil hardened in traditional furnace. There are  different types of coffee pots varying in size and style and from region to region.

The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony commonly lasts for an hour and has got 3 steps namely Abol, Tona and  Bereka which literally means primary secondary and tertiary.

 

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