What is Ethiopia Tea and How do You Make It?

You might not have heard this enough, but Ethiopia tea is in huge demand, especially in many parts of Europe and the Middle East. The lands of Ethiopia are very fertile and soils rich with minerals and nutrients, which makes it a perfect ground for the cultivation of tea leaves.

The farmers work hard and put a lot of effort into the tea plantations in Ethiopia, as well as the available laborers who collect leaves for production and export to other countries.

Ethiopia tea is often consumed with freshly baked soft and sweet buns for breakfast, while in the Middle East, people drink it with dates in the evening. The tea leaves are known for their aromatic property which is packed with tastefulness when prepared in hot water.

Drinking Ethiopian tea in Ethiopia is a family tradition, and every member of the house from young children to old grand-parents enjoy a freshly prepared cup of Ethiopian tea every day.

To make flavorful cups of Ethiopia tea, you will need: 

  • A standard teapot.
  • Your favorite brand of Ethiopia tea bags or loose tea leaves if you prefer those. 
  • 9-16 whole cloves.
  • 6-9 green whole cardamom.
  • 1 small 3-4 inch cinnamon stick.
  • Water for the tea (quantity will depend on the people to whom the tea is served.) 
  • Optional: Honey or sugar for those who like to keep it sweet.

How to prepare:

  1. Set the kettle on the stove and add your water in it. 
  2. Add cloves, cardamom and cinnamon stick into the water and wait for it to boil. 
  3. After the water has reached a boiling point, add your Ethiopia tea in it, and cover the pot. 
  4. Turn the stove off. You don’t want to cook the tea for too long. 
  5. Leave all the ingredients in the pot for 5-6 minutes before pouring it out in the cups. 

At last, serve your Ethiopia tea with sweetened bread or cakes and enjoy!