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The Jebena: Seeking Peace And Calm With Ethiopian Coffee

This story originally aired May 6, 2017. 

Solomon Dubie is the 29-year-old founder of Cafe Avole, a cozy little coffee shop in Rainier Valley. It’s one of the only places in Seattle you can get Ethiopian coffee brewed the traditional way — in a jebena. It's basically a clay pot with a long neck and short spout.

Solomon was born and raised in Seattle, but his family is from Ethiopia — where the coffee plant was first discovered.

They take coffee seriously. But it’s not just about the taste; it’s a whole event with three unique rounds of brewing.

“The thing I like about the jebena is the social aspect,” Dubie says. "So typically my mom would invite her friends over and they sit there for 2 to 3 hours just drinking coffee."

Sound Effect host Jennifer Wing talks with Dubie about drinking coffee from the jebena and why he thinks it's important for American coffee drinkers to give it a try.