Traditional Coffee Ceremony at Sidamo Coffee and Tea in Maple Lawn offers a weekly taste of Ethiopia
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I grew up inÃ‚Â Ethiopia. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the birthplace of coffee,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Bellay, who also operates a shop inWashington, D.C. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I remember watching my mother roasting coffee as a child. You see the color change, you smell it roasting. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the most beautiful smell Ã¢â‚¬â€ and you hear it crack.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In Ethiopia, coffee is a central part of life in the community. Ã¢â‚¬Å“You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t drink coffee just to drink coffee,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Bellay, who owns Sidamo with his wife, Yalemzwed Desta. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It has a social aspect. Normally you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t drink it by yourself. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in the village drinking with neighbors.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Named after a region in Ethiopia known for its coffee, Sidamo presents the traditional coffee ceremony every Sunday at 2 p.m.