Coffee in Ethiopia

For all intents and purposes, Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee; the “magical fruit” was first cultivated sometime around the 11th century.  It was believed to have medicinal properties and quickly spread across the Arabian Peninsula. Europeans got their first taste of coffee in 1615 when Venetian merchants, who had become acquainted with the drink in…

Lalibela, Ethiopia

My main reason for going to Ethiopia was to see the churches of Lalibela — and they were fantastic.  What I didn’t expect was the beauty of the surrounding countryside.  Lalibela is located in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia and is surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, lush valleys and colorful farming terraces.  The population…