Although coffee is probably the number one drink in Ethiopia there are several other amazing drinks on offer, these include Beers, Wines, Tej, Araqe, Telba, Beso, Birz, Tella, Abish and amazing Tea that is often over shadowed by coffee. Take a look at these videos.
Beer – Ethiopia has some amazing beer products, the most famous being St Georges, followed and not in any order, Meta, Dashen, Bedele, Amber and Hara.
Tej – Tej ጠጀ is a mead or honey wine that is brewed and consumed in Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is flavored with the powdered leaves and twigs of gesho (Rhamnus prinoides), a hops-like bittering agent that is a species of buckthorn. Tej is usually homemade, but throughout Ethiopia it is available in “tej houses” (tej betoch, singular tej bet (ጠጅ ቤት)).
The traditional vessel for drinking tej is a rounded vase-shaped container called a berele, which looks like a Florence flask. Tej has a deceptively sweet taste that masks its high alcohol content, which varies greatly according to the length of fermentation.
Wine – Ethiopia is of course not known for its wine, but there are and have been for many years several companies making decent table wine. These include Awash, Axumit and Gonder. In recent years several international companies have set up shop in Ethiopia and there are now several large vineyards producing top quality wines.
Spirits – There are many local and often home manned brews of several types of harder drinks. Gin, Ouzo, cognac, brandy are all available as of course are nearly all imported famous brands.
Tea – Coffee is king but do not over look the wonderful tea of Ethiopia. Wush wish, Tosign, the famous Addis tea as well as a huge array of herbals such as ginger, mint, green and cinnamon. Tea is bigger than many people think for Ethiopians.
Honey – Not only used in cooking, Ethiopian honey is plentiful organic and absolutely healthy for you. Honey is used to make alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
Atmet is a barley and oat-flour based drink that is cooked with water, sugar and kibe (Ethiopian clarified butter) until the ingredients have married and become a consistency slightly thicker than egg-nog. Though this drink is often given to women who are nursing, the sweetness and smooth texture make it a comfort drink for anyone who enjoys its flavor.
Tella is a home-brewed beer served in tella bet (“tella houses”) which specialize in serving tella only. Tella is the most common beverage made and served in households during holidays.
Take a look below at some fabulous drink videos.