Ethiopia and Eritrea - More than just a coffee break

Addis Ababa, Asmara

In Ethiopia and Eritrea, coffee is a ceremony, an expression of respect to elders, a spiritual time of day to give thanks for the blessings of life, a ritual, a meaningful time to sit down with friends and family to chat. Most of us have fast paced lives that we miss out on so many important things, like time with friends and family. For these countries, however, they take time to enjoy coffee or tea together. No wonder they are known to have the best coffee in the world. This is a list of places where you can have a taste of authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean coffee.

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Updated 10 months ago

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TOMOCA Coffee

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia • Wishlist • 

Tomoca coffee is the gold standard of Ethiopian coffee in Addis Ababa, everyone knows about them. It’s definitely a coffee shop you must visit if you love coffee. It’s a very small, antique looking, coffee shop where the aroma of coffee will hit you as soon as you enter. There’s no seat so you basically order a cup of coffee and either stand somewhere, or place your cup on one of the few stand-up coffee tables.

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Mokarar Coffee

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In English the sign reads Mokarar, but in Amharic, it’s known as Harar Coffee shop. The local favourite coffee shop is directly across the street from the Soramba Hotel. They sell both fresh cups of coffee, and good quality roasted coffee beans.

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KALDI'S COFFEE | ካልዲስ ቡና

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia • Wishlist • 

Kaldi’s is the local Ethiopian version of Starbucks. It’s a huge chain spread throughout Addis Ababa. It’s not exactly the local Ethiopian coffee shop experience - the shop is modern in design and sort of the trendy coffee shop to go to. They say it’s good but it is not nearly as satisfying as the cups of an authentic Ethiopian coffee.

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Cafe Choche

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia • Wishlist • 

Nestled at the far end of the historical railway building at La Gare bus station, Choche coffee is earthy and complex, and sourced from farms that maintain sustainable practices. 👌🏼 More than the coffee and food, it’s that neighborly atmosphere, not to mention the outdoor seating amid colorful flowers.

  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Asmara Sweet Cafe

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Asmara, Eritrea • Wishlist • 

The place appears like a heritage place and is famous among the locals. They say it serves one of the best Eritrean coffee - a hidden gem in the heart of Asmara.

  • Asmara, Eritrea

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