2. Poetry and Coffee in Ethiopia
Coffee historians believe the all important bean originated in southern Sudan, but Ethiopia continues to claim the credit for inventing the brew. The first domesticated coffee plants were harvested around the ancient walled city of Harar. The city still cultivates a diverse range of coffee flavors to this day, offering plenty of scope for coffee-drinking pilgrimages among its narrow alleyways, where numerous cafés sell the same coffee beans poet and good-time boy Arthur Rimbaud used to export in his troubled final years. Local custom has it that beans must be first roasted then passed around to draw in their aroma, then ground with spices, before finally being allowed to brew in a jebena, a traditional serving jug. Enjoy an Ethiopian style macchiato, where an espresso is added to a quantity of milk, rather than the other way round as the Italian's serve it.