Christmas Traditions

We love to find out more about the culture and traditions of the countries where we source our coffee. So, here is part three of our Christmas Traditions blog posts.


Find out how Christmas is celebrated in two more of the places where we source our coffee from, Ethiopia and Yemen.




In Ethiopia, they still follow the Julian calendar which means that Christmas is celebrated on the 6th of January and not on the 25th of December. The Christmas celebration is known in Ethiopia as ‘Ganna.’

Many people take part in the special advent fast known as the ‘Fast of the Prophets.’ This normally starts on the 25th of November and lasts for 43 days. Normally, only one vegan meal is eaten a day because meat, dairy products and wine are not allowed.

For ‘Ganna’, people get dressed in a traditional white garment called a ‘Netela.’ This is worn like a shawl or toga and usually has a bright coloured stripe at the bottom. Many people attend church on Christmas Eve and usually the service lasts until Christmas Day.


About our Ethiopian coffee beans


In the southwest Ethiopian region of Limu, the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative is a union of 34 small cooperatives benefiting over 22,000 smallholder farmer members. Oromia is the region where coffee first originated. Limu coffee is grown at about 1100-1800m above sea level.




Yemen is a country that typically doesn’t celebrate Christmas. Most of the population is Muslim so they celebrate holidays such as Eid and New Year’s Day.

However, there is a growing number of Christians within the country but they can’t practice their religion freely. The capital city is a lot more modern so there may be decorated Christmas trees put up in some local shops and cafes. Traditional Christmas music might also be played.


About our Yemen coffee beans

Authentic Mocha coffee is from Yemen and Matari coffee is perhaps its best known. This is a very high altitude of coffee, grown between 1980-2130m, results in small concentrated beans.

Roast it lightly and unevenly to accentuate the acidity and wild character. Dark roasts which often mask delicate flavours and floral notes in some coffees can bring out hidden depth with this one.


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