Courtesy of Kaldis Coffee Facebook Page
Called the Ethiopian version of ‘Starbucks’ (due to a similarly colored logo and it’s founder Tseday Asrat being inspired to found the cafe after a trip to the United States), Kaldis is one of the most popular coffee spots in Addis Ababa. In addition to frappuccinos, macchiatos, and cappuccinos, Kaldis serves samoosas, club sandwiches, pastries, and ice cream. It has several locations across the city including in the tourist-friendly Bole neighborhood.
For a more authentic experience, stop by any of the numerous hole-in-the-wall coffee shops for a coffee ceremony. An Ethiopian coffee ceremony is usually performed by women in a household (usually the youngest) to welcome guests and involves several processes including roasting beans using open coal and a black clay pot called a ‘jebena’.