In the grab-and-go coffee culture of the West, it may be hard to imagine taking your time to savor the experience of sipping your coffee every time you need a caffeine fix. Blane Charlot, who owns the Sarasota coffee-roasting company Buna, wants to convince you to slow down, enjoy the moment and brew delicious coffee with the same passion she inherited from her Ethiopian family.
Growing up in Ethiopia, Charlot witnessed the nation’s luxurious coffee drinking traditions. Elaborate coffee ceremonies were performed three times a day in her home, with the finest glass cups, special pots called jebenas and extravagant white clothing. Charlot watched her parents slowly roast, grind and brew small batches of green coffee beans each time they wanted to enjoy a fresh cup.