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Brewing entrepreneurship, traditions at Fili Coffee’s magical oasis

Tucked away amid the bustle of Ethiopia’s capital lies a haven where rich aromatic beans are lovingly crafted into cups of creativity. Nestled in the heart of Nifas-Silk Lafto sub-city, Fili Coffee has become a beacon of innovative hospitality and cultural preservation in Addis Ababa. The soothing melodies of renowned Nigerian musician Femi Kuti set the tone in this pioneering coffee house, which offers patrons a blissful sanctuary surrounded by lush greenery.

Here, customers can savor freshly roasted Ethiopian coffee beans, meticulously ground before their eyes. Beyond satisfying the senses, Fili Coffee aims to nurture the mind as well.

Its “Trust Corner” mini-library invites guests to lose themselves in pages as they linger over coffee. Traditional Ethiopian decor and rotating inspirational messages transport patrons beyond transaction to experience.

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The coffee house also functions as a productive workspace and community gathering place. Laptop-toting customers find focus amid the busy city. Festive “Ikub” and “Ider” celebrations bring the vibrant cultural spirit indoors. 

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Far from a brief visit, Fili Coffee develops passion through mentorship. Aspiring owners refine their skills with industry experts. Internships provide a launchpad for dreams in coffee production. This commitment to talent cultivation ensures the traditions live on.

Authentic touches abound—from artistic chairs and wall hangings to traditional serving pieces. But the true beauty emerges when water is poured from an “Insera” pot into each handcrafted coffee pots or jebenas, delivering the true taste of Ethiopia.

Among the delectable offerings on the menu, the “Ice Caramel” has emerged as a cherished favorite, luring over 900 patrons daily to sink into soothing melodies and savor this specialty oasis.

Helmed since inception by founder FilimonTesfaselassi, Fili began as a venture in personal empowerment five years past. With a keen eye for beauty and a desire for innovation, Filimon has woven a tapestry of tradition and modernity, inviting patrons to experience the sublime marriage of past and present with each visit.

Now, operating from rented space under local leadership, it has blossomed into the beating heart for caffeine connoisseurs, intellectuals nourishing minds, and wired workers surfing waves of workflow.

Dagmawit, a devoted patron who prefers the familiarity of her first name, has faithfully graced the doors of Fili Coffee for the past four years, indulging in two to four cups of their heavenly brew each day. To her, Fili Coffee’s true enchantment lies in its remarkable ability to ignite the dormant potential within each and every visitor.

“This place sparked potential within me and friends to start our own venture,” she shares.

After honing skills through training programs with unwavering support, Dagmawit and her partner launched their own venture, a sentiment she credits Fili Coffee for nurturing.

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“When you’re seeking a moment of tranquility, a burst of inspiration, or simply the perfect cup of coffee in a place where tradition meets innovation, Fili Coffee is for everyone,” said Dagmawit.

Echoing this sentiment, Abel Woldu has been a steadfast customer of this coffee haven for over a year. He attests that Fili Coffee cultivates an environment that stirs the embers of ambition, fostering productivity within individuals while allowing them to relish the natural symphony of flavors found in their meticulously crafted coffees.

“It’s a place where aspirations soar, creativity flourishes, and each cup embodies the potential for new beginnings with its natural coffee flavor and quality,” he told The Reporter.

Filimon says that what sets this coffee house apart is his intimate involvement in every minute detail of its development, referring to it as a “social café.”

“From the bricks on the floor to the artwork adorning the walls, from the ventilation system to the placement of the coffee grinder and various other aspects, I have personally been engaged in every decision,” he said. “My sole aim in this endeavor has been to create a functional and welcoming space for our customers.”

Fili Coffee owes its remarkable success not only to its delectable offerings but also to its unwavering commitment to exceptional service.

As soon as customers step through the doors, they are greeted by a team of warm and inviting staff, who strive to create an unforgettable experience for each and every visitor.

“With an inviting ambiance, impeccable service, and a deep reverence for Ethiopian heritage, we embody the essence of beauty and the transformative power of innovation,” Filimon said.

A true embodiment of the art of coffee roasting, Fili Coffee fills the air with the intoxicating aroma of freshly roasted beans. This sensory delight also plays a role in captivating the hearts and souls of every guest as they bear witness to a masterfully roasted coffee right before their eyes.

Ethiopian coffee Entrepreneurship

Filimon says Fili Coffee not only operates as a thriving coffee house but also offers an esteemed roasting service. The company roasts and package coffee for over 106 coffee houses and restaurants. Operating for eight hours on average, the roasting and grinding machines consistently produce 700-840 kg of perfectly roasted and ground coffee.

Fili Coffee effortlessly transports visitors to a realm where the air is steeped in the captivating aroma of coffee, according to customers The Reporter talked, adding, “the rich spirit of Ethiopian traditions thrives within the establishment.”

Ethiopia is one of the world’s largest coffee producer, with a remarkable contribution from over four million diligent small-scale farmers. This coffee-rich nation not only excels in terms of quantity but also showcases its deep passion for the beverage through significant domestic consumption. In fact, Ethiopians themselves consume half of the coffee produced, solidifying the country’s position as a leader in coffee consumption within the continent.

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