A jebena is the elegant Ethiopian/Eritrean coffee pot that makes and serves coffee in the traditional buna ceremony (in Eritrea it's bun).
The Jebena is usually made out of clay, wide-bottomed with a long, narrow neck and a handle where the neck connects with the base.
The Ethiopian jebena has a pouring spout while the Eritrean variety pours from the opening on the top.
When the coffee boils up through the jebena's neck, it is poured in and out of another container to cool it. The liquid is then poured back into the jebena until it bubbles up.
When the coffee is poured, a strainer, often made of horsehair, is put inside the neck to keep the coffee grounds from escaping.
The result is dark, somewhat bitter, piping hot coffee. And, remember, jebena buna is never drunk alone!
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