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Performing Your Own Coffee Ceremony

Coffee is one of the world's most popular drinks, and with it comes the culture of drinking and sharing it. Coffee ceremonies are commonplace in countries all over the world. Come and explore some of them!

Life today is hectic, leading us in many different directions. Creating your own coffee ceremony is a great way to slow things down and for one to enjoy a satisfying moment of pure indulgence. It creates a reason to spend time with friends and family, and gets us to recenter on the things that enrich our lives. 

In parts of Ethiopia, a coffee ceremony lasting two to three-hours is performed up to three times each day by the woman of the house. The ceremony is an integral way of life and signifies respect for community and as a way of getting together with relatives, neighbors and friends. The ceremony also has a spiritual significance, emphasizing the importance of the Ethiopian coffee culture. Coffee is thought to transform the spirit during the three rounds of the ceremony thanks to the coffee’s spiritual properties. The ceremony itself is a formal and ritualistic affair comprising discrete steps to wash and roasting the beans, carefully boil the water, brewing the coffee, and finally serving it to the favored guests. 

Enjoy honoring the Ethiopian coffee ceremony culture by trying one of our Ethiopian coffee varieties: Ethiopia Limu or Ethiopia Guji

Here are just a few other interesting traditions from around the world:

Greece: The frappé, is popular in Greece. It combines instant coffee with evaporated milk and ice-cold water. 

Ireland: A popular Irish coffee drink includes locally distilled whisky, and usually consumed as an after dinner hot drink.

Mexico: In Mexico, a popular coffee recipe, called café de olla is brewed in clay pots with cinnamon sticks, and piloncillo, the rawest form of sugar cane. 

Purchase Bean Life Coffees’ Mexico, Chiapas and give café de olla a brew:

Café de Olla Recipe”

Ingredients:

• 9 cups of water

• 9 tablespoons of coffee

• 2 - 3 cinnamon sticks

• 2 - 3 star anise

• 3 - 4 cloves

• ½ cone of piloncillo

Directions:

Boil water, cinnamon, star anise, cloves and sugar in a container until it boils. You should have a spicy, fragrant tea. Turn off the heat and spoon in coffee. Stir, cover and steep for at least five minutes. Ladle the coffee through a cheesecloth and a strainer. Serve.

Cuba: Cubans preferred method is a strong brew, served any time of the day. Cubans mix their coffee with sugar while it brews and serve it black. Then, they pour it into small mugs, and drink it while socializing with friends and family. 

Saudi Arabia: Coffee, or kahwa, is spiced with cardamom in Saudi Arabia. Dried dates, served with the coffee, help to combat the bitterness of the coffee. Their coffee ceremony follows many rules of etiquette, such as serving the elders first.

Create your own tradition at home with Bean Life Coffee! We passionately handle the roasting portion of the process of our Bean Life Coffee single origin coffees, leaving the brewing preparation and indulgence up to you. Make it your own, and take a breather, focus on family, friends, and yourself.

Here is a little help to get you started on creating your own coffee ceremony:

 How to make one cup of the richest, smoothest cup of coffee:

1. Grind 30g (3 tbsp.) of coffee beans on medium/fine setting.

2. Heat filtered water to 195 to 205 degrees in a kettle.

3. Place filter in the brewer and rinse with hot water to remove residue; pour out the water.

4. Position pour-over coffee maker on scale and add grounds to filter.

5. Wet the grounds by adding a small amount of water and letting out the air bubbles.

6. Pour more water over the grounds slowly in a circular motion, checking the scale until it reaches 237g (approx. 1 cup). Allow time for water to seep through grounds. 

7. ENJOY!

 

There are many traditions around the world celebrating the indulgence of coffee, find a way to explore them while creating your own. 

Have your own coffee ceremony?  Or looking to create your own?  Don't forget to buy the coffee beans!