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Ceremonies of Coffee

Anna Taugher

Tucked away within a quiet neighborhood north of downtown Denver sits Whittier Cafe, Denver's only Ethiopian cafe. Here the cafe carries on the traditions of the Ethiopian coffee ceremony which is preformed every Sunday at 2pm. The quiet atmosphere of the neighborhood sets the mood that the ceremony you are about to join is an experience that is something special. Once you open the door to the cafe you receive a warm welcoming with a smile and genuine “How are you” from everyone in the shop. The ceremony commences in a relaxed fashion outside in chairs situated around the roasting platform and positioned in a way to create community connectivity and lively conversations. To start, the pan of roasted coffee beans is brought around and the smoke is wafted into your nose, bringing all of your senses into the ceremony. Three cups of sweetened coffee, prepared in the traditional Ethiopian way are served throughout the two hour ceremony. As people come and go and conversation wane and start back up again, snacks of flat bread and popcorn are passed around to soak up the caffeine. As I watched the preparation of the libations I became enamored and relaxed within the process. The Whittier cafe has created a space to celebrate the traditions of Ethiopia while creating a strong communal bond at their space in Denver. It seemed like all the people from the neighborhood dropped in at some point during the ceremony to say a quick hello, catch up on the community gossip over a quick cup of coffee, or staying for the entire ceremony, showing that in just under a year of opening the Whittier Cafe has become a community staple.