Garden of Coffee: Grown and Roasted in Ethiopia


Started by businesswoman Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Garden of Coffee offers fully customized, traditional hand-roasted-to-order specialty coffee and ships it internationally.

By Zac Cadwalader (Sprudge) |

One of the most beautiful and oldest traditions in coffee is the Ethiopian coffee ceremony. During this lengthy affair, green coffee gets roasted over an open flame and (traditionally) ground with a mortar and pestle. Those grinds are then brewed three separate times using a boiling pot called a jebena. The ritual is normally led by a woman of the household and is a regular part of both daily life and special occasions.

Here in America, the Ethiopian coffee ceremony is beginning to gain popularity, with restaurants and even some coffee shops providing their take on the ritual, which we have covered previously on Sprudge. Even so, the availability of traditionally hand-roasted coffee is limited; you either have to seek out your local coffee ceremony or, if you’re more adventurous, do it yourself. Either way, most of the time the resulting coffee quality is frankly not very good, at least by more refined specialty standards.

Enter Garden of Coffee, a roaster based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which is looking to solve both these problems in one fell swoop. Started by businesswoman Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu—who was included in CNN’s 12 Female Entrepreneurs Who Changed the Way We Do Business—Garden of Coffee offers fully customized, traditional hand-roasted-to-order specialty coffee and ships it internationally.

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