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Getting a feel for Ethiopia’s cultural pulse - 11 months ago, 20 Apr 16:15

Edgar Batte

Ethiopia had always been on my travel list. On a recent visit, we landed at Gondar Airport. The airport only handles connecting flights, yet it is busier than Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.

At the arrivals, tours and travel agents waited to receive visitors and show them the historical and cultural sites of Ethiopia.

One thing that caught my eye at almost every entry point was women fanning stoves on which they were roasting coffee. They crush the coffee on site and sell it for about a dollar per cup.

You have the choice of having your coffee light, mild or strong. The strong, aromatic coffee is served in small cups. While you sit and sip, you may hear to the tale of a man called Kaldi, the herdsman who is said to have discovered coffee.

It is no surprise that Ethiopia is one of Africa’s biggest producers of coffee. The ...
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