GreenThumb Events & Workshops
Open Garden Day NYC: Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
Saturday, July 20, 2019
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
For GreenThumb's Open Garden Day NYC we will be hosting an Ethiopian Coffee ceremony at Dorothy McGowan Memorial Garden.
Ethiopia's coffee ceremony is an integral part of their social and cultural life. An invitation to attend a coffee ceremony is considered a mark of friendship or respect and is an excellent example of Ethiopian hospitality.
The ceremony is usually conducted by one young woman, dressed in the traditional Ethiopian costume of a white dress with colored woven borders. The long involved process starts with the ceremonial apparatus being arranged upon a bed of long scented grasses. The roasting of the coffee beans is done in a flat pan over a tiny charcoal stove, the pungent smell mingling with the heady scent of frankincense that is always burned during the ceremony. The lady who is conducting the ceremony gently washes a handful of coffee beans on the heated pan, then stirs and shakes the husks away. When the coffee beans have turned black and shining and the aromatic oil is coaxed out of them, they are ground by a pestle and a long-handled mortar. The ground coffee is slowly stirred into the black clay coffee pot locally known as "jebena", which is round at the bottom with a straw lid. The coffee is strained through a fine sieve several times. The youngest child is then sent out to announce when it is to be served and stands ready to bring a cup of coffee first to the eldest in the room and then to the others, connecting all the generations.
For any questions about this event, please contact Timothy Brown at Timothybrownnyc@gmail.com or at (410) 253-7067.
Dorothy K. McGowan Memorial Garden
509 W. 158th Street, New York, NY, Manhattan
Directions to this location
We are between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.