The mortar and pestle are ancient grinding utensils and historically closely associated with creating medicine. They are effective tools to prepare ingredients and to bring out aromatic and essential oils in a natural way.
In the Ethiopian culture, coffee preparation is a mindful ceremony during which the beans are ground with a mortar and pestle. It’s a long ritual, a time of contemplation and a process that is not performed quickly.
Grinding with a mortar and pestle is a interesting way to explore the physical structure and scent of roasted coffee beans and to experiment during the preparation process.
A good way to grind them is to start with just a few beans and to add more as time goes on.
Enjoy, and simply be present in the moment.