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Jan 8, 2011 09:58 AM

Ethiopian Coffee

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Steve

      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.

    2. 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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      1. re: hamster

        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: