What is so special about Ethiopian Coffee? Ethiopian coffee is considered to be some of the best in the world, due to it's high altitude growing conditions and the ways that the beans can be processed.
The coffee plant averages from 5-10 meters in height and is grown in rows, several feet apart. Heavy rain is needed as the fruit is developing, and less later as it ripens. The harvesting period can be anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months, and in some places continuing all year round.
The coffee bean is a seed of the coffee plant and is the source of coffee. It is the pit inside the red fruit, often referred to as a cherry. The cherries began as green, turn yellow, and finally red in color.
Ethiopia, the birthplace of Arabica coffee, is the world's seventh largest producer of coffee. Surprisingly, half the coffee produced there is consumed by the Ethiopians themselves! Coffee is important to the Ethiopian economy as 15 million Ethiopians rely on some aspect of coffee production for their livelihood.
There are 2 ways that Ethiopian coffee is processed to enhance it's flavor...….
Sun-dried: where the cherry is sun-dried around the coffee bean before being removed
Washed: where the fruit is removed from the bean within 12 hours of picking
So, support Ethiopian coffee. Buy it; drink it; and be part of a rich history of tradition!
As a teacher, kids are never very far from my mind! In these days of the pandemic, I find myself thinking a lot about how the kids of this world are dealing with all the craziness!
I often remember the kids I met on The Big Buna Bash's book tour (which was only six weeks ago but seems like ages). At my book events we made coffee-bean candles as coffee is one of my book's themes.
There are many art projects that can be done with coffee beans, or any beans for that matter. Here is a great site with some ideas to get you started! www.playideas.com/25-bean-crafts-for-kids/
Kaiden K. is in the 5th grade and loves books! He loves them so much that he started a blog that encourages kids to read. This week he added The Big Buna Bash to his list of multi-cultural books.
The Big Buna Bash has been blessed with some great reviews from parenting blogs. Here are a few of them:
It is with a grateful heart that I say this! After two weeks of pneumonia, I got back on my feet only a couple days before The Big Buna Bash Launch Party at Letena Restaurant.
That same week we did two more book events at Potter's House and Ethiopic Restaurant.
After event week, I appeared at two story times; one at East City Bookstore in D.C. and the other at Loyalty Bookstore in Silver Spring, Maryland.
I met SO many lovely people and want to thank the D.C. area Ethiopian community for their generous welcome!
one week from today! The Big Buna Bash: One little girl's story about being different and the Ethiopian coffee ceremony
Kids notice differences. As the world becomes increasingly small, it is essential to show children that it feels good to value the things that make a person different.
I once heard of an extremely creative activity that a 1st grade teacher did with her class. She asked parents to send a tiny piece of hair from each of her students. The teacher pasted each one on an index card and put them in a box. Then the kids drew them out, one by one, and discussed the differences. What color was it? Was it straight or curly? Coarse or fine?
That little exercise speaks loudly…. "It's fun to explore differences!"
Research shows that after age 9, racial attitudes tend to stay the same unless there is a life-changing experience. The more awareness of different groups of people leads to greater acceptance, and prevents ethnic stereotypes.
We need to allow children to see outside of their own little worlds!
Here's a few ideas to help open up new worlds for your child and start a great discussion:
1. Learn about traditional celebrations from other cultures
2. Listen/sing/dance to music of a different culture
3. Read a story or see a movie from another country
4. Eat food from other cultures
5. Visit a cultural museum
6. Look at the atlas
7. Create art using techniques from another culture
8. Visit a place of worship that is different from yours
These activities can help kids visualize how other people live, cultivating cultural understanding. Don't forget to talk about what was experienced and how they felt afterwards!
I had so much fun writing The Big Buna Bash, and I want to share it to inspire cultural pride in kids who might feel like they don't fit in because of their differences. I believe in diversity and inclusion; that's why I wrote The Big Buna Bash!