Heading to the unruffled, misty and heavenly verdant of the Western part of the country … JIMMA is one of the western Ethiopia town that famously known for being a home to soul revitalizing Coffee.
Apparently in addition to coffee, Jimma is capable of alluring visitors via the historical site of interests – the surprising Jimma Museum, the historical Abba Jiffar’s Palace, Mausoleum and Mosque.
Abba Jiffar II is the legendary, the tallest and of course the powerful late 19th – century ruler of Jimma
To relish in Jimma’s amazingly lush nature, an excursion from Jimma to Lake Boye is an exciting itinerary.
Last but not least, out stalking the city to experience a relaxed and full of character Ethiopian town that kissed with time honored Italian touch buildings even here in Jimma.
Like anywhere else in the country, locals and visitors alike enjoy Ethiopian coffee either at a café straight from espresso machine, or at little traditional coffee hangouts that found almost at every corner of the street; or at the entrance of local restaurants, café’s or independently at their very own little traditional coffee shops dedicated to serve traditional coffee only; with all its eloquent pieces.
These traditional coffee shops are locally known as Ye Jebena Bunna as the aromatic, warm and fortifying coffee comes straight from Jebena (Ethiopian Traditional clay made Coffee pot).
Legend has it, as Jimma being the trade place of Coffee, Abba Jiffar get the inspiration from one of coffee traders of Armenian and Sudanese heritage Arabs kitchen utensil which they used for boiling water. Then modified the already existing the two handler traditional clay water pot locally known as MASERO by making it to just a one long handler and a side tube for the coffee to be poured out of and transform it into the now Ethiopian Traditional coffee pot – Jebena.
It is not only nature and coffee that Jimma is blessed with, but delicious and organic honey is also another sweet signature of Jimma. And I made every worthy excuses to relish in Jimma’s honey. In my opinion, having one of regional delights of Ethiopia, from Oromiya’s exotically delightful cuisines – Chechebsa – at a local café for breakfast should be at top of the list of every Jimma visitor’s while being at the lush Oromiya region.
Simply stated, Chechebsa is an instant slightly and softly baked pizza like round bread of barely, whole wheat, tef or white wheat flour locally known as Kita. Then crumbled into little pieces and thoroughly drenched in Ethiopian clarified butter – Nit’ir Qibe – and Berbere spice mix to be transformed into Chechebsa. A drizzle of organic honey at the freshly made Chechebsa makes it all complete for glowingly sweeten authentic taste of Oromiya.
The exotically richness of Nit’ir Qibe, with the little bit heat from the distinctively striking Berbere spice mix, the delightful chew on from the little pieces of bread and the sweetness of the honey to relish in warmly savory and sweet is just distinctively divine.
Having Fetira for delightful breakfast in Jimma was my other worthy excuse of enjoying the scrumptiously famed Jimma’s Honey.
A talk about Jimma would not be complete without mentioning another Jimma’s signature to experience it through craftsmanship. The traditional three legged wooden carved little stools as locally known as BERCHUMA or DUKA, not only graces any Ethiopian traditional coffee shops, eateries or households, but are one of the eloquent pieces of a communally genuine Ethiopian traditional eating culture and coffee ceremony. And Jimma is famously known for traditionally perfectly made BERCHUMA.
Sit comfortably and …
Sip coffee for the soul at JIMMA!