Ethiopia produces an average of 250 thousand tonnes of coffee each year, of which most is exported. Within this production, there are three varieties: Arabica, Robusta, and Arabica-Robusta. In addition, they produce as much using the wet method, as the dry depends on the area of the country.
The history of coffee in Ethiopia dates back to the 19th century when a goat herder discovered some coffee beans. From this moment, coffee became more and more important in Ethiopian culture, to the point of there being a coffee ceremony. Just like the Japanese with tea, when it comes to drinking a cup of coffee in Ethiopia, they celebrate it with a coffee ceremony.
Make the most of your trip to go to one of these ceremonies and taste the three types of coffee from the strongest to the mildest. And whilst you're there, don’t miss the chance to buy a good sample of coffee as a souvenir of Ethiopia.
Wickerwork rises to the category of Art in Ethiopia, after coffee it is one of the best-known typical Ethiopian products. The color and designs will make it difficult to choose between them. The Mesob, for example, is used to serve the typical dish of Ethiopia (injera) and is the top selling product.
Wickerwork is often embroidered with brightly colored wool, something that is attractive to tourists. Without a doubt, it will look great in any part of the home as a souvenir of Ethiopia.
Throughout Africa, the use of decorations and jewelry is closely related to culture, religion, and customs. Both men and women enjoy wearing beautiful beaded necklaces, bangles and headdresses.
To make the jewelry fish bones are used, as well as feathers, wood, and silver. Ethiopians are skilled metalsmiths, so it is one of the things to buy in Ethiopia, and it isn’t unusual to find true works of art in jewelry. You can take home high-quality necklaces, bracelets and bangles made totally by hand.
Wood is a widely used material throughout Africa to make figures that represent animals, humans, and Gods. In Ethiopia of course, you can find excellent samples of wood carving.
In general, the figures have religious or magical significance and are usually used as charms. What better typical Ethiopian product than a wooden figure that brings you good luck. Another option is one of the many wooden warrior masks or masks of protective Gods for the home. Whatever you choose, you’ll no doubt get it right, the work it takes to carve them is worthy of appreciation.