Enjoying the Customary Three Cups of Coffee in Eritrea

Say “tu’um” in Eritrea to show appreciation for the healthy foods cooked with care. Say it again when served coffee, a national delicacy, in the traditional manner.
- By John Jacobs

In the Horn of Africa in Eastern Africa lies the musical-sounding Eritrea, with the Red Sea forming the country’s eastern border. French photographer Eric Lafforgue spent some time in Eritrea capturing the country’s unique qualities in pictures and talked about his impressions to Issayas Tesfamariam.

“Each time I go to Eritrea,” he says, “I appreciate the quietness of the country, the kindness and hospitality of the people, the beauty of the countryside, the sea, and the unique architecture…” The kindness and hospitality that he refers to is on display when partaking of meals and coffee with the locals because that is when they can share the bounty of their agricultural country. From the traditional home-cooked meal of tsebhi (stew) and injera (bread) to the Italian...

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