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The aromas of frankincense and fresh coffee beans roasting over small fires intermingle in the air as you enter the small, unpretentious Lalibela Ethiopian Café on Cherry Street in Seattle. Gentle conversations in the Amharic language float from colorful handwoven tables called mosebs that are scattered throughout the room. Ask for the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, an elaborate ritual that evolves over the course of about two hours and is considered an offering of friendship and respect. Fresh java beans are roasted at your table, then ground by hand, and finally mixed with steaming water in a handmade clay jabena pot. Stay for the third and final round to invoke a special blessing by these people from the very birthplace of coffee itself in the highlands of East Africa.October 11, 2010 Like Add a Comment