Thursday, 28 August 2014

It's "Ranger-time"


Manipulated ATM – automats or fake credit cards are unfortunately not seldom in Ethiopia. Do you feel secure when withdrawing money only with a password? I’d like to introduce another business idea at this point: “Fingerprint banking system”. They want to provide a fingerprint banking system to all Ethiopian banks in order to reach a new level of security when withdrawing money in Ethiopia. Therefore, they want to add a fingerprint scanner to each ATM – automat so that one can only withdraw money with the card, the password AND fingerprint.

What if your card was hacked? First of all, shout “its Ranger-time!” (shouting has anyway a liberating effect) and have a ranger around the corner. The Power Rangers or what? – you may ask yourself.


I’m pleased to answer this question and illuminate you my friends. No, I didn’t think about turning into a Power Ranger (but feel free to do so). A ranger is a special way of preparing a coffee – in Switzerland also called “espresso macchiato”. But what gives the coffee the name is its one special effect as you can see below:

The milk froth is sprinkled with coffee dots which looks like camouflage (a real Ninja-coffee, I’m kind of jealous).

Coffee has a long tradition in Ethiopia, actually it was “invented” here. The name “coffee” comes from “Kaffa” the name of a province on the south-western side of Ethiopia. This region is the original home of the Arabica coffee.
So coffee is intrinsically tied to the country. That’s why, every time you feel like drinking coffee you’ll find a possibility as coffee shops are at every corner – like mushrooms this summer in Switzerland. Even along the street you’ll find women brewing coffee while sitting next to a tree, a banana selling point, a flock of sheep or wherever they find some space.

A few days ago we visited the “Fikir Coffee” (which means “Coffee of Love”, see also: a small coffee shop founded by two women (who’d expected that with this tough name?) two years ago. It’s lovely decor and wonderful hostesses invite the guest to stay. They prepare the coffee on a little platform in the traditional, Ethiopian way. First of all, the green coffee beans are roasted in a small pan over the fire, then the coffee gets grinded and finally brewed in a special carafe (it takes a loooong time – which taxes the Swiss (non-existing) patience. But it’s worth waiting – believe me.). Then the coffee is served in small cups with sugar (a lot of sugar – the coffee-sugar distribution is actually 50:50, so you’d better skip the dessert ;) ).

That’s it for today and guess what? It’s Ranger-time!!

Bye for now,

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