The ritual has been practised for centuries in the African nation — the birthplace of the coffee bean. It is an integral part of the daily life and culture of Ethiopian people around the world. This Sunday, September 27, Canberrans have been invited to attend a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony as part of the Windows to the World expo at Government House.
During a preview demonstration, Ethiopian Embassy liaison officer Aidan Lloyd said the ceremony was very important to Ethiopians. "It is all about bringing people together," Mr Lloyd said. Embassy first secretary Eshetu Damitew Tefera said the ceremony was performed for friends and family, often several times a day. The tradition is also a way to welcome newcomers, share news and bring people together to settle disputes