What is the Ethiopian herb in coffee?

Ethiopian coffee ceremonies are a beautiful display of tradition, hospitality, and cultural significance. But beyond the visual spectacle lies a unique flavor experience, and a significant role in this is played by tena’adam, a humble yet impactful herb.

Tena’adam, also known as Ethiopian rue (Ruta chalepensis), isn’t technically a true rue, but the Amharic name, translating to “Health of Adam,” hints at its historical use in Ethiopian medicine. However, its most celebrated role lies in enhancing the aromatic and flavor profile of Ethiopian coffee.