Yesterday, within the campaign Zagreb: open city?, in club Močvara, we brought a part of Ethiopian culture to our city: the coffee ceremony which in Ethiopia and as well in Eritrea presents an integral part of social and cultural life of the society.
Transferred from generation to generation, this custom stands for more than just a joy of sipping an aromatic cup (cini) of freshly fried and brewed coffee. The hostess, usually a young woman wearing a traditional garment, uses practised movements and brings this act to an art form.
After three stages (abol, tona, baraka) the blessing is believed to be bestowed. The talk during the ceremony considers everyday life, culture, politics etc.
Special value is given to conversation and human relationships.