The coffee ceremony is a ritual that has been practiced in Africa since the early 20th century. It’s a way to socialize and bring people together, and it has become especially popular in Eritrea and Ethiopia.
This Ceremony is the popular Ethiopian/Eritrean coffee ceremony and a way of socializing.
You can expect to spend about an hour and a half with your friends, colleagues, or family. During that time, you will drink coffee and eat some sweets. It is the perfect opportunity to catch up on the news with your loved ones.
Ceremony is also used as a way of meeting new people. It’s not uncommon for people to use these occasions as an opportunity to introduce themselves and make new friends by inviting potential business partners over for some coffee and pastry after work.
The coffee ceremony entails roasting and brewing green coffee beans in a clay pot, followed by serving the coffee in small cups. The process is an art form, requiring you to know how much coffee to use, when to add it and how long to roast it for. You will also need a grinder and a pot.
Coffee drinks are usually served along with popcorn and some sweets like peanuts, cashews, or roasted barley.
Getting invited to someone’s house for a coffee ceremony is a sacred thing amongst these people.
In both Ethiopia and Eritrea, you will be invited to someone’s home for a coffee ceremony on almost every occasion. It is considered rude to refuse the invitation. In fact, in some cases it would be considered insulting to do so. This is because the culture of hospitality is so important in these countries that it is often part of their business practices as well.
The coffee ceremony itself has been around since before the 1400s when Islam first arrived in Ethiopia and Eritrea (then known as Abyssinia). The tradition has remained largely unchanged over time but has evolved into its own unique style of artistry within each country over time as well.
In Eritrea, one of the most famous places to enjoy Jebana is in the capital city of Asmara.
The city of Asmara is famous for its beautiful architecture and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city’s culture is also unique, as it has been influenced by both Italian and Ethiopian influences.
We hope that you have learned a lot about the Jebana tradition and are now ready to try it out for yourself. If you’re in Asmara, we highly recommend heading down to one of the many cafes where you can enjoy traditional Eritrean coffee. If not, there’s always an opportunity to learn more about ancient cultures from around the world when travelling abroad!