Posts Tagged ‘Tomoca’

Talking with Addis’s longtime barista

July 14, 2013 1 comment

Habte Selassie

Before getting the chance to speak to the longtime barista Habteselassie Sherka, my first impression was that he was a quiet guy who only focused on his work at making coffee. Spending a few minutes talking to him, his friendly and funny persona started to show. “I find making fine ground coffee very difficult”, he said when asked what was the most challenging part of his job as a barista. “An overly coarse grind isn’t good but beans which are too finely ground would also make our work difficult,” he explains
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Addis’s best cafés

April 30, 2013 3 comments


Ethiopia is coffee’s birthplace, it is said and Ethiopians take their coffee seriously. From the elaborate “coffee ceremony” in towns and villages up and down the country, to the sipping a macchiato with the Sunday papers in one of the capital’s many cafes, coffee is ever present. Many of Addis residents have favorite haunts – most of them small cafes, which are located around the corner from their apartment or workplace, where coffee is prepared in a jebena or long-necked pot, usually conducted by one young woman, dressed in the traditional Ethiopian costume of a white dress, – and nothing will make you feel local like finding one of your own. But in the meantime, here’s a selection of notable spots that place a particular emphasis on the ambiance and the quality of the coffee. Read more…