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  • Tags: Rites of Passage

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These items are associated with traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremonies. Such events are integral throughout the culture and utilized temporally as moments to pause and celebrate, reflect, or resolve. As such a moment, the coffee ceremony is…

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Event photographs for the Chicago's Families: Rites of Passage exhibit opening at Chinese American Museum of Chicago.

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Small woven straw basket filled with roasted barley. The barley contained within the basket is served with "buna" at a funeral.

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Straw table with removable lid, designed to accommodate flat bread called "injera."

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Ethiopian incense from tree resin burned to accompany coffee ceremony and included in serving mourners visiting family of the deceased.

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The coffee stand is composed of painted wood, (either pine or cedar), while the demitasse cups are porcelain.
The coffee stand is fitted with a drawer to store the associated cups. All of which is used in the coffee ceremony.

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Coffee pot composed of shekla or clay, with a single spout used by Amhara ethnic group to serve coffee, along with a woven straw matote or trivet used to balance round-bottom jebena.

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Mortar and pestle constructed of wood. Each item is whittled from a single block of wood and used to hand-grind roasted coffee beans.

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Long-handled pan for roasting coffee beans. Guests appreciate the aroma when pan is shaken to roast the beans as part of the coffee ceremony.

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Camp cook stove, constructed out of tin and
used to roast coffee beans as well as to heat coffee.
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