For millions of people worldwide, coffee is a pivotal part of the morning routine. How many people know where their coffee comes from? Whether you prefer light or dark roast, milk and sugar or black, pour a nice hot (or cold) mug and get ready for the day ahead.
In America, coffee is imported from around the world. But did you know that the coffee bean originated in Ethiopia? According to Equal Exchange, before it was enjoyed as an essential beverage, nomadic tribes in Ethiopia consumed the raw fruit directly from the plant, recognizing its stimulating effects. From this point, coffee began to spread through the Middle East and eventually to the Americas.
As explained by Equal Exchange, Ethiopia is the third largest producer of coffee in Africa. At a total of about 200,000 tons of coffee per year, the production and exportation of coffee beans comprises a considerable percentage of Ethiopia's economy, affecting millions of people's lives.
A 2011 article from CNN explains that in Ethiopia, some perform a daily coffee ceremony as a way to unite the family. It is apparent that coffee acts as a major part of Ethiopian life, and many rely on the coffee trade as a main source of income. As The Telegraph translates, "buna dabo naw" means "coffee is our bread." In the home, a spouted pot, or jabena, is used to make coffee.