ethiopia claims, and rightly so, that they invented coffee. it seems that growing and using coffee trees began in ethiopia in the 10th century. the earliest evidence of reaping coffee beans and making coffee drinks refers to the 15th century. for the nowadays ethiopia, coffee is certainly an essential feature, including their coffee ceremony.
that's quite a procedure! a variety of coffee pots is set up, together with 10 or 20 little cups, and possibly some sweets as well.
at first coffee beans get selected, then powdered in a pertinent punch bowl, then cooked in several turns, finally served, and later served again. and the ladies doing this were always very friendly and cheerful.