Do you wake up in the mornings in search for that delicious cup of coffee? Do you have trouble getting out of bed without a cup of coffee to get you going on your way to work? If you are an avid coffee drinker, then you must try Ethiopian coffee. Vastly different than American coffee, Ethiopian coffee will wake you up from the top of your head all the way to the tips of your toes. With a rich aroma and a full body of flavor, Ethiopian coffee has a much more complex taste than other coffees you might enjoy. Ethiopian coffee is stronger, richer, and tastier than many different types of coffee. With a fruity or floral taste, Ethiopian coffee has taken centuries to perfect what it is today. If you are interested in trying Ethiopian coffee or Ethiopian food for the first time, then check out Beniam Cuisine. Beniam Cuisine is located in the Heart of Harlem, NY. Our menu is filled with delicious appetizers, dishes both for vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters. In addition, you can try delicious Ethiopian coffee to gratify any coffee lover.
An Overview of Ethiopian Coffee
Fun fact: Ethiopia is the seventh biggest producer of coffee in the entire world.
With over 200,000 metric tons being distributed around the world, Ethiopia knows how to make a delicious cup of coffee. Ethiopian coffee is exported to East Asia, North America, and Europe. The way coffee is produced in Ethiopia hasn’t changed much since the conception of the coffee industry. With most of the revenue going back to the government, Ethiopian coffee is more of a staple of the culture and social life of each member of the community. Coffee ceremonies are special events that mark a friendship and respect to another person when they are invited as a guest. In addition, Ethiopian hospitality is well renowned and when a guest goes to the Ethiopian coffee ceremony, it is a special occasion for everyone involved.
Coffee, unlike other countries, is grown wildly in Ethiopia. Being grown wildly helps to enhance the different flavors of the coffee, which is why Ethiopian coffee has more of a fragrant delicious flavor and why it’s more versatile than other coffees. Also, the reason Ethiopian coffee is so much more flavorful is because they are also grown in different regions. If you’re familiar with Ethiopia, it is a larger country with many different regions. For example, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee is much different than coffee grown in the Harrar region. Yirgacheffe coffee is filled with more of a tangerine taste with floral. Harrar region coffee is much more wild, which means there is a natural and dry process where the coffee dries while on the bean before fruit and chocolate is combined with it to give it a richer flavor. Coffee grown near Harrar will also give you a blueberry jam and cocoa flavor while you drink it, making it different than the tangerine and floral flavors of Yirgacheffe. Yirgacheffe and Harrar are two different regions in Ethiopia, but there are still so many different types of Ethiopian coffee to explore and consume.
The Origin Of Ethiopian Coffee
If you are not aware, Ethiopia is where coffee originated from and here begins our tale. If you enjoy coffee, then you’ll enjoy hearing the origin of Ethiopian coffee. Coffee, as aforementioned, is wildly grown. From the beginning, coffee has grown in the forests of the southwest in the highlands of Kaffa and Buno. Most of the coffee that comes from Ethiopia comes from small farms and peasants who help to farm the wild coffee in the forests. The tale goes that Kaldi, a goat herder, was the first to discover the coffee bean. While enjoying some berries under a tree, Kaldi found the coffee bean and noticed the goats became very energized. The goats did not want to sleep during the night and stayed very energized. Kaldi told his findings to the monastery in his area who decided to concoct a drink from the berries. The abbot in the monastery found that he too was very alert after eating the berries all the way into their long hours of the evening prayers. When the abbot told his discovery to the other monks, the information about the berries that energized people began to spread. To this day, we enjoy a hot cup of Ethiopian coffee and stay alert as the berries or beans moved from one end of the globe to another.
Come visit Beniam Cuisine and try your own cup of steaming, rich Ethiopian coffee with a delicious plate of Ethiopian food.