Ethiopian Olympic Skier

Ethiopian Olympic Skier, Robel Teklemariam went to the Turin Winter Olympics four years ago and came 84th out of about 100 cross-country skiers. Teklemariam shared with the press “If I’m closer to the winner than I was at the last Olympics then I’ll be very happy,” Robel said, sweating in the blazing sun after the workout. “But my real goal now is to get Ethiopians involved in skiing. I don’t want to be the first and the last.”

He believes that if they are given the opportunity – a number of young Ethiopians in Europe, Canada, the United States and other countries – where skiing is common – could master this sport and participate in international races including the Winter Olympics.  It is the vision of Robel and his federation to make Ethiopia a permanent member of the ski racing community.  He is an inspiration, a talented and passionate skier and a proud Ethiopian.  The lessons the Ethiopian youth can learn from his pioneering efforts are enormous. Read More about Robel Teklemariam

Ethiopians: The History of Coffee

The history of coffee goes at least as far back as the fifteenth century, though coffee’s origins remain unclear. It had been believed that Ethiopian ancestors of today’s Oromo people were the first to have discovered and recognized the energizing effect of the coffee bean plant.  However, no direct evidence has been found indicating where in Africa coffee grew or who among the natives might have used it as a stimulant or even known about it, earlier than the 17th century.  The story of Kaldi, the 9th-century Ethiopian goatherd who discovered coffee, did not appear in writing until 1671 and is probably apocryphal.  From Ethiopia, coffee was said to have spread to Egypt and Yemen.  The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the fifteenth century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen.  It was here in Arabia that coffee beans were first roasted and brewed, in a similar way to how it is now prepared. By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East, Persia, Turkey, and northern Africa. Coffee then spread to Italy, and to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia, and to the Americas.

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