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Ethiopian Coffee

burkemic99 Jan 8, 2011 09:58 AM

I'm interested in getting everyone's opinion as to which Ehtiopian restaurant has the best coffee (Ethiopian coffee that is). Also, I haven't found any that put rue leaves in it like they do in Ethiopia. Has anyone been somewhere where they do that?

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    Steve RE: burkemic99 Jan 9, 2011 05:13 AM

    I *think* Dukem regularly does some kind of coffee ceremony - but call them before going.

    Before it closed down, Lalibela in Virginia used to bring out the freshly cracked coffee beans, hot ans sizzling on a platter, for you to smell before they made them into coffee.

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      yfunk3 RE: Steve Jan 9, 2011 02:09 PM

      Dukem does the Ethiopian coffee Sundays at 3:00, I think? Was there around noon-1:00 and they started setting up and boiling the coffee with all the spices. Smelled wonderful. Has to boil for three hours, traditionally, I think? Not sure if they use rue leaves, but it's worth calling them to ask.

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      hamster RE: burkemic99 Jan 9, 2011 04:48 PM

      Never been but I know there's an Ethiopian coffee shop on H Street: Sidamo. I think they should have what you're looking for.

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        sweth RE: hamster Jan 9, 2011 06:07 PM

        While Sidamo serves Ethiopian beans, I've never seen anything there mentioning serving it Ethiopian style. I've never specifically asked about that, though, so they may.

        For those who aren't familiar w/ it, here's a good description of the Ethiopian style of serving coffe w/ rue:


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          hamster RE: sweth Jan 11, 2011 10:35 AM

          They have this posted about weekly ceremonies:

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