The most notable exotic feature in many Ethiopian restaurants, is that you may not find normal tables. Instead, there may be low, round wicker tables, called mesabs, surrounded by stools. Also when you walk into an Ethiopian restaurant, you won’t find any silverware on your table. You’ll be essentially eating it with your fingers- rolling it up in flat bread. Of course you will need clean hands and for this reason Most restaurants will provide you with moist towelettes, or a more formal water and towel method.

 

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Ethiopia: The Origin of Coffee

Ethiopia is the historical birthplace of coffee. Ethiopian coffee is divinely fresh, especially in the beginning of their season, and is available in various forms. The flavors of Ethiopian coffee are profoundly amazing, especially in the peak harvest season. 

 

Both dry processed coffee and wash beans are available in coffee producing regions. Farmers supply washed coffee beans from August through December. Dry coffee is available, usually from October to March. Export coffee is available all year round. Nearly 12,000,000 coffee workers are needed to tend coffee farms. The major coffee growing regions include Harar, Bebeka, Limmu, Sidamo, Lekempti, and Djimmah. 

 

Bench Maji is a sweet coffee offered from Gesha coffee region. It is sweet and contains cantaloupe, papaya, and peach scents. The coffee is dense and very aromatic. It is very interesting in flavor and worth a try for coffee lovers.

 

Gera Jimma is another sweet clean flavored coffee. When the coffee is dry, it contains a sweet honey smell mixed with jasmine. It also has a hint of peach in it. The light roasts of this coffee are nice and juicy in flavor. They provide a very nicely structured pleasure to the pallet. This Ethiopian coffee is very distinguishable from other coffees offered.

 

Cheffe is a fairly new coffee exported from Ethiopia. It has fruity smell and taste. The fruity tones give a sense of strawberry and peach-mango flavor. Lighter roasts are mellower in flavor, while darker roasts are more berry-flavored. The coffee holds a very exotic flavor, and is another wonderful experience.

 

Guji Suke Quto is a sure delight for individuals who prefer the morning or afternoon coffee. It has a note of ginger and herbs with a floral tone. The flavor contains a slight sweetness along with full flavor. 

 

Coffee produced in Ethiopia is unique, and offers a new experience for those outside the area. Ethiopians work hard and take pride in providing coffee from one of the leading supply area. Africa is the second largest producer for coffee supply in the world. 

 

Learning more about coffees from Ethiopian culture is also very intriguing and educational. Coffee is a part of everyday life in the community. It plays a ceremonial part in everyday life of Ethiopians. While touring the area, it is a wonderful sight to see the workers washing the beans as well as roasting them. These days, coffee customs are done traditionally in the area, as well as in a more modern fashion.3

 

Night Life in Ethiopia

Night life in Ethiopia is a unique experience for visitors. Cities such as Addis Ababa, Lalibela, and Gonder offer Ethiopian views of the country at night, and are worth visiting to gain local experience. 

 

Addis Ababa Night Life

The nightlife in Addis Ababa is very interesting, and there are many great clubs and bars to go around Meskel Square, especially in the weekends. Some local clubs are suitable for tourists, such as those on Bole Road, also known as Africa Road. Many clubs present traditional dances and concerts. 

 

Other popular night life attractions include Memo Club, Silver Bullet Bar, Concord, Dome Club, Illusion, My Bar, Temptation, Indigo, Utopia, Devine, the Cave and Karamara. Usually these destinations do not require a specific dress code. Some places are disreputable red light places, so it's best to ask a taxi driver first. A taxi costs between 30-50 birr within the Bole road to the centre of the city.

 

Christmas Light Bar is another place of interest for tourists. These are tiny shops found along Meskel Flower Road and Debre Zeit Road. For example, the Done Nightclub - a club that is attached to the Concorde Hotel – is where Bands play while traditional dance occurs. If you are interested in visiting other establishments, it is best to ask local people such as taxi drivers for more information.

 

Lalibela Night Life

Popular night life is available in several locations in Lalibela, including the Tej House, Yeabfra Bar, and sundown at the 7 Olives Hotel.  The Tej House is located approximately 200 meters from the church entrance. It offers tourists the ability to sample honey wine, which is native to Ethiopia. It comes in three strengths to try. Music is evident, as well as singing in the evenings. 

Yeabfra Bar is another popular tourist destination. It is located near the Tej House, and offers tourists the opportunity to participate in coffee ceremonies. Coffee ceremonies are a wonderful experience to see, and a very memorable event. They also serve alcohol in the evenings.

If you have the opportunity to stay at the 7 Olives Hotel, you will be able to experience the breath taking view at sundown. The hotel is located at the top of the town hill at the highest edge. It is known as the best place in town to see the twilight view!

 

Gonder Night Life

One of the most popular breath taking views at night in Gonder is at the Fogera Hotel. The hotel has a really nice terrace for customers to view the sunset in the evenings. Customers are able to see the path that leads to the Debre Birhan Selassie Church at nightfall, along with a wonderful lake view. It is definitely a sight to treasure! 

 

Unique Ethiopian Cuisine

Ethiopian cuisine is full of unique flavor, and distinctive to the culture. Generally, Ethiopian cuisine consists of spicy vegetable and meat dishes. Dishes are usually served as a thick stew, known as wat, served on top of large, flat sourdough bread called injera. Ethiopians rarely use utensils rather use pieces of injera to wrap up the food with their right hand fingers.

 

Vegan dishes are also popular within Ethiopian cuisine. A rich variety of cooking oils have been created by Ethiopian cooks. Sources for oils include sesame and sunflower. Ethiopian dishes also use nug, which is unique to their culture.

 

The various ethnic groups in Ethiopia prepare their own version of cultural cuisine. Each will commonly consist of stew, flatbread, and spices. Vegan dishes may also be popular depending on the group. Snacks within the country generally are small pieces of baked bread, known as kollo. Pasta is also available in the city areas.

 

Ethiopian coffee has strong cultural ties to the community. It is a very large part of their tradition. After each meal, a coffee ceremony takes place. Espresso coffee is traditionally used. Coffee is very critical to the Ethiopian economy and is central to Ethiopian beverages. 

 

Ethiopian cuisine is generally served on a tabletop, known as a mesob. They are generally made of straw, and also contain a lid. When the food is ready to eat, a hand washing basin is brought nearby. During the eating ceremony, the food is placed within the mesob. 

 

The culture and cuisine of Ethiopia is full of diversity and uniqueness. It is full of history and character. Tasting the cuisine of Ethiopia brings a new experience to those who are unfamiliar with it. It is varied in flavor across the community.

 

Ethiopia also produces its own wine. Red wine comes in Dukam and Gouder. Their elegant sweet red wine is known by Axumite. They also produce white wines known as Crystals. The best wine they have to offer is the home-made honey wine, known as Tela.

If you consider touring Ethiopia, it will be a unique experience for you. As a visitor, you will experience wonderful cuisine that can only be found in their area. You will be able to partake of the finest wine in Ethiopia. It will be the experience of a life time, never to be forgotten.