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Ethiopia's Unique Coffee Brewing Methods

Updated: Nov 20, 2022





Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, and its coffee culture is rich and unique. Ethiopian coffee brewing methods are diverse, and each one produces a distinct cup of coffee. In this blog post, we'll explore three of the most popular Ethiopian brewing methods: pour-over, jebena, and Turkish.



Pour-Over

The pour-over method is probably the most popular way to brew Ethiopian coffee. To make a cup of pour-over coffee, you'll need a filter, a filter holder, freshly ground coffee, and hot water. Begin by wetting the filter with hot water to remove any paper taste. Then, add the ground coffee to the filter and shake it gently to level the ground.


Next, slowly pour hot water over the grounds in a circular motion, being careful not to over-saturate them. Allow the coffee to drip into the cup below. Once all of the water has dripped through, remove the filter and enjoy your cup of Ethiopian pour-over coffee!


Jebena

The jebena is a traditional Ethiopian clay pot that's used for brewing coffee. To use a jebena, you'll need roasted and ground coffee beans, water, and sugar (optional). Begin by adding the coffee grounds and water to the jebena pot and stir well. Then, place the pot on a stovetop over medium heat and bring it to a boil.


Once boiling, reduce the heat and allow the coffee to simmer for 3-5 minutes. Be sure to remove the pot from the heat before the coffee starts to boil again. After 3-5 minutes, remove the lid from the pot and allow the foam to settle. Then replace the lid and allow the pot to sit for another minute or two before serving. Enjoy your authentic cup of Ethiopian jebena coffee!


Turkish

The Turkish method of brewing coffee is similar to what's done in many other countries around the world. To make Turkish coffee, you'll need roasted and ground coffee beans, water, sugar (optional), and a small pot called an ibrik or cezve. Begin by adding water and sugar (if using) to the pot and stir until dissolved. Then add the ground coffee beans and stir again.


Next, place the pot on a stovetop over medium heat and bring it to a boil while stirring constantly. Once boiling, reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 30 seconds without stirring. After 30 seconds have passed, remove it from the heat and give it a final stir before spooning it into cups. Enjoy your delicious cup of Ethiopian Turkish coffee!



Ethiopia is home to some of the world's most unique coffees - coffees that are brewed using methods that are centuries old. In this blog post, we explored three of Ethiopia's most popular brewing methods: pour-over, jebena,and Turkish. Each method produces a distinct cup of coffee that is sure to please any caffeine lover's palate! Intrigued? Then you've got to try our I Love Route 20 coffee! It is made with Ethiopian beans and is sure to be a favorite in your household.


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