About National Buna Day
The Ethiopian coffee ceremony is a traditional social gathering that is steeped in cultural and spiritual significance for the Ethiopian people. It is also known as the "Buna" ceremony.
The ceremony usually takes place in the home of the host, who begins by roasting green coffee beans over an open flame. The aroma of the roasting beans is an important part of the experience, as it is believed to symbolize the opening of the heart and the sharing of hospitality.
Once the beans are roasted, they are ground into a fine powder using a traditional mortar and pestle. The ground coffee is then brewed in a jebena, a clay pot, and served to guests, who typically sit on low stools or cushions on the floor.
The Ethiopian coffee ceremony is not just about the coffee itself, but also about the communal experience of sharing a cup of coffee with friends, family, and guests. It is a time for conversation, storytelling, and creating connections with others. The ceremony is considered a symbol of unity and is an important part of Ethiopian culture.