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What is Jebena?

At the heart of the Ethiopian coffee ceremony is the jebena—a traditional long-necked Ethiopian clay pot. Coffee (buna) is finely ground with a mortar and pestle, then is placed with water in the handcrafted jebena. Slow-heated over coals, the coffee settles at the bottom of the jebena when the water reaches a near-boiling temperature. The jebena brews an earthy and distinctively full-flavored coffee.

What are Tibs?

In Ethiopian cuisine, the term tibs simply refers to the delicacy of meat sautéed with vegetables. The variety of tibs dishes are defined by: the type of meat used, the way the meat is cooked, and the region preparing the dish. In the mid-18th century, writer and traveler Remedius Prutki of Russia said that tibs are served to “pay a particular compliment or show special respect to someone.”

What is Berbere?

Berbere is the spice blend that defines the unique and delicious flavors of Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. Many of berbere’s spices are used internationally—such as ginger, basil, chili, garlic, and fenugreek. Berebere also includes spices indigenous to Ethiopia, including korarima, rue, ajwain, radhuni, and nigella.

Do You Roast Your Own Coffee?

We proudly roast all the coffee we serve, right here at Jebena Cafe. For our Jebena house roast, we use only quality Sidamo and Yirgacheffe beans—imported directly from Ethiopia. This ensures that we’ll serve you the freshest coffee available in Seattle’s North End.