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Ethiopian Coffee Ritual

Thursday, August 16, 2018

5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.

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The Ethiopian coffee ceremony is an important part of Ethiopian culture. It involves roasting coffee beans and preparing boiled coffee in a special vessel akin to the ibriks used to make Turkish coffee.

In parts of Ethiopia, the woman of the house (or a younger woman in the household) performs or participates in the two- to three-hour coffee ceremony three times each day (once in the morning, once at noon, and once in the evening). The coffee ceremony is considered to be the most important social occasion in many villages, and it is a sign of respect and friendship to be invited to a coffee ceremony. Guests at a ceremony may discuss topics such as politics, community, and local issues. There is also abundant praise for the ceremony's performer and the brews she produces. Regardless of the time of day, occasion (or lack thereof) and guests invited, the ceremony usually follows a distinct format, with some variations.

The garden will be putting on an coffee ceremony and it will be led by our Ethiopian garden committee member Hadi. There will be popcorn for snacking on during the coffee ceremony. The garden is committed to uplifting and highlighting cultural practices from around the world and we are honored to be able to offer this ancient and sacred Ethiopian cultural experience to our community and fellow New Yorkers. Please stop on by August 16 and partake in the coffee ceremony yourself. 

If you want milk and sugar for the beverage please bring your own. Traditionally, in Ethiopia milk and sugar is not offered during the ceremony and we will not have any. Come experience this unique event with your family and friends. 

Rain or Shine.

For any questions about this event, please contact Timonthy J. Brown at (410) 253-7067 or at


Dorothy K. McGowan Memorial Garden
509 W. 158th Street
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The garden is between Broadway and Amsterdam on 158th street.



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Dorothy K. McGowan Memorial Garden

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