happy national coffee day!!
What a fun day to get to celebrate one of my favorite things on earth. BUNA! and the perfect chance for me to take Camp on our first official “mommy son date”! I know this boy is going to love coffee, and I have dreams of us going on many coffee dates in the future. To celebrate Starbucks new Ethiopia blend coffee + get a free taste, Camp and i headed to our local starbucks together this morning.
Of coarse this had to be well documented, despite my lack of make up. We had daddy take a picture of us pre-date, then in the car, then at starbucks, then of coarse with our yummy treats! It was such a sweet time with him and his first time in a coffee shop. He was “ohhhh” and “woooow” ing the whole time. walking around the store, shopping for coffee. I thought it would special to take my little Ethiopian to get some Ethiopian coffee. and I’m always looking for an opportunity to happen to run into any other Ethiopians [which we didn’t this time…]
did you know that coffee was discovered in Ethiopia? I know I’ve talked about the Ethiopian coffee ceremony here, here, and more places. but let’s just talk about it again. from starbucks website, “On the ancient slopes flanking Africa’s Great Rift Valley, coffee trees first emerged from the rich, volcanic soil. From these ninth-century highlands, arabica coffee beans began their long journey from Ethiopia to the rest of the world.” The legend goes that goat farmers were out in the field with their goats when they ate some berries + starting acting a little crazy. When in Ethiopia, at Kaldis [basically their version of Starbucks] you can read all the history. pretty cool!
but what is even cooler than that, is the pride Ethiopians take in this discovery. Coffee is a huge part of their culture! If you go to visit someone’s home, or ministry or a traditional restaurant they will most likely treat you to a coffee ceremony. Yall, they grind and roast their beans. This is probably a 2 hour process of making coffee. [no pressing “start” on the coffee pot for them]. It’s a chance to sit around and talk. to visit. to hear each others stories. to pray together. it’s an HONOR to be a part of a coffee ceremony.
Through all the years + visits to Ethiopia, one of the things I look forward to most are coffee ceremonies. I’ve even been know to go to 3 in one day. [which I do not reccommend, you are a little shaky after!] They serve the buna [coffee] in tea cups with raw suqa [sugar]. no cream. no milk. straight up espresso shot. most of the time they also serve you your coffee with home made popcorn with more sugar on top!
On our trip in June we had many enjoyable coffee ceremonies. The first was on our visit to Children Hope Chest’s community of Green light. [more on that later!] but yall, it started POURING down rain while we were there. So we stayed and enjoyed coffee + popcorn and i have to say there aren’t many things better in my book than a Ethiopian coffee ceremony on a rainy afternoon. Such a sweet time!
so we will celebrate coffee today. and celebrate the people who are serving it today in Ethiopia.
it will serve as a reminder to pray for all those families I’ve sat around the tea cups with to enjoy a tremendous part of their culture.
happy coffee day!