Rules and customs in a ‘buna’
Other important aspects of this coffee ritual in Ethiopia that every barista or coffee maker should know (especially if he is willing to emulate it or participate in one of them) are the following:
In Ethiopia it is frowned upon to refuse an invitation to their particular coffee ceremony. When a host invites you to a "buna" he wants to share a moment of intimacy and communion with you. Coffee ceremonies have been part of Ethiopian culture for a long time, so that its citizens preserve this ritual as one of the most valuable inheritance of their ancestors. In addition, the Ethiopians are very proud of the quality of their coffee, so a ‘buna’ will always serve to enhance the excellence of their beans.
In these ceremonies, coffees are usually drunk in small cups without handles. Coffee is drunk very sugary; Some people fill half of their cup with sugar.
On the contrary, in a ‘buna’ coffee is not accompanied by pastries or sweets, but some sorghum popcorn is prepared as a complement (very similar to popcorn).
Some Ethiopians prefer to drink coffee with spices such as cardamom, ginger, cloves or cinnamon.