Coffee Pot ("Jebena")

Title

Coffee Pot ("Jebena")

Description

Coffee pot or "jebena" made out of clay ('shekla" in Amharic) used to make and serve coffee in the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, which begins with the roasting of the coffee beans.

This "jebena" has a single pouring spout, while some pots have two spouts. Often, butter, a prized food product in Ethiopia, is added to coffee to resemble cream. Women, who traditionally pour the coffee, learn to pour the liquid out of one spout for those who do not want butter (cream) or both spouts for those who do.

Most vessels for liquids in Ethiopia, including the "jebena," have round-bottomed bases which make the use of a "matote," a woven straw ring or trivet, necessary to balance the pot on a flat surface. The "matote" also protects the surface from the heat of the "jebena."

The Lemma Collection has several examples of the "jebena," some with one spout, some with two. This particular item has a 23 inch circumference and is 10 inches tall. Nearly all "shekla jebenas" are fired to have a shiny dark brown, nearly black surface.

Source

Tesfaye Lemma Collection

Publisher

Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago

Rights

From the collections of the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago

Type

Still Image

Identifier

2010.1.276

Files

2010.1.276.jpg

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Date Added
June 18, 2014
Collection
Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago
Item Type
Still Image
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Citation
“Coffee Pot ("Jebena"),” Alliance Community Collections, accessed September 26, 2017, http://ccacommunitycollections.omeka.net/items/show/22.