Highlight: Though the importance of agriculture within Ethiopia has already been emphasized, certain crops have particular cultural significance. These endemics crops are not only the directly responsible for some of the delicious foods considered essential to Ethiopian cuisine even more they has sprung around them cultural values which play a marked role in Ethiopian society.
Many believed that Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee (not South America, which some believe). The indigenous coffee trees (which some experts say, are the only native coffee trees in the world) first grew in Passion “Abyssinia,” which is now present day Ethiopia. These trees blossomed in an area called “Kaffa” and the trees were called “Kafa,” which may as well be the root word for coffee. In the tenth century, coffee was considered a food.
There are several popular traditional sayings and proverbs attached to the coffee ceremony in Ethiopia.
No visit to Ethiopia is complete without participating in the elaborate coffee ceremony.
Coffee is served with grace and gesture of respect for the guest.
Drinking coffee alone, is as bad as seeking fame without any accomplishment