Number 99: Gurage kitfo at Megenagna Ethiopian Restaurant 307 Ironton Street, Aurora 720-532-0266 Kitfo -- finely minced beef seasoned with the Ethiopan herbed clarified butter called niter kibbeh and the tongue-searing spice blend called mitmita -- originated in the foodways of the Gurage people o ... More >>
For more than a year, Mark Antonation ate his way up Federal Boulevard. With that journey done, he'll now explore different cuisines from around the globe right here in metro Denver, one month at a time, in Ethniche. Sometimes life jars you out of your routine into a realization that there's a whol ... More >>
Abebe Bikila was once the fastest long-distance runner in the world. He was so good, he could beat his counterparts -- while not wearing shoes. He set world records and reached unprecedented achievements in the Olympics. But then an auto accident left Bikila paralyzed from the waist down, never to r ... More >>
Twenty-five years ago, Noel Cunningham, along with Pat Miller, the "Gabby Gourmet", launched Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, a nonprofit childhood hunger relief organization that Cunningham, the former owner/chef of Strings, worked tirelessly to grow and advocate. It soon blossomed into ... More >>
Havana Street or South Federal Boulevard. Which of these ethnic food hot spots is tops? Vote below!
Catch Molina Speaks's Bronze Future chapbook release party tomorrow at Grohaus.If you manage to survive today's snowpocalypse, there's plenty of party goodness happening in the Mile High City this weekend. It's Bob Marley's birthday, in case you feel like celebrating. Oh, and speaking of cele ... More >>
Ramsey & Rousseaux.JonBenét Ramsey was murdered in December 1996 -- yet fifteen years later, there continues to be a fascination with anything connected to the case, from the Boulder house where the killing took place being put up for sale to the lives she left behind. Mom Patsy Ramsey died ... More >>
Boutique roaster Novo Coffee recently got a batch of Esmeralda Geisha, one of the most lauded coffees in the world and the subject of the Westword feature "Pot of Gold." If you stop by Novo's retail location at the Museum Residences, 1200 Acoma Street, you can grab a cup for yourself for $4 ... More >>
As Denver's boutique coffee scene continues to develop, establishments are offering up an ever-increasing variety of Joe, from the essence of Tanzanian peaberries extracted through a French Press to Sumatran varietals processed through beakers and tubes straight out of a mad scientist's labor ... More >>
You've probably driven past the Ethiopian Restaurant dozens of times without giving it a second glance -- unless it was to scope out the green, yellow and red paint adorning the entire building. But if you stop and go inside for a meal, we're certain you'll never overlook this spot again.
Stephen's out of here!Everyone hates Alex. The viewing audience hates Alex. His fellow contestants hate Alex. Ask any food obsessive you encounter whether Alex stole Ed's pea puree, and the answer will be an unhesitating "of course" -- though no one really knows for sure. So, perversely, I ... More >>
As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To help keep them all straight, Westword will be offering ... More >>
Is it uncouth to boast that we here at Westword were among the first to sing the praises of Novo Coffee? We knew the stuff coming out of this family-owned roaster was so good that we tagged along when one of its founders went in search of a mythical bean in the wilds of Ethiopia. And, of cour ... More >>
How does your favorite drink-slinger measure up to the competition? You can find out tonight at Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, where Strings bartender Kris Lykins will face off against 'tenders from Steuben's and Avenue Grill. The competition takes place at 6 p.m., but festivities will start ... More >>
Keyru Mustafa Lolo.The man who died of multiple gunshot wounds at the Garden Court apartments, 1150 N. Syracuse Street, on Friday has been identified as Keyru Mustafa Lolo, 24, a recent immigrant from Ethiopia. The Denver Police Department is offering a reward of up to $2,000 to anyone with " ... More >>
Either/Orchestra blows through the Horn of Africa.
Penny Parker's amusing column in today's Rocky Mountain News spotlights Yohannes Gebregeorgis, founder of Denver-based Ethiopia Reads, which raises funds to bring books and libraries to Gebregeorgis' native land. Our November 13 blog "Vote for Ethiopia Reads' Yohannes Gebregeorgis as CNN's Hero of t ... More >>
Yohannes Gebregeorgis and friends. Today's Rocky Mountain News features an appropriately positive profile of Yohannes Gebregeorgis, the man behind Ethiopia Reads, a Denver-based organization that raises funds to build libraries and bring books to the African nation of Gebregeorgis' birth. Gebregeo ... More >>
"I thought she ordered a Screaming Orgasm..." Welcome to our daily blogapalooza. Today in Cafe Society: • Did cops find the bartender at K's China wearing his pants around his ankles? • Pho 7: Talk about a cursed location! • Veggie Girl dines at Lucile's Creole Cafe. • BD's Mongolian Gril ... More >>
A logo from the Ethiopians for Obama website. This fall, Tsilat Petros will vote in her first American presidential election. She’s 29 and has lived in the United States since she was a young girl but only became a citizen three years ago. Now she’s one of dozens of Ethiopian immigrants in Den ... More >>
There are lots of reasons for attending the “Live to the Fullest Cup” event at Fluid Coffee Bar, 501 East 19th Avenue, this Friday at 7 p.m., which will raise money for 26-year-old Semeon Abay, head roaster for the Denver-based Novo Coffee, who was recently diagnosed with advanced metastatic pro ... More >>
You may have noticed that your favorite local cup of joe has lately tasted a bit off, even a tad bitter. If so, there’s a reason: The local coffee community has been shaken to its core by painful news about one of its key members: 26-year-old Semeon Abay, head roaster for Denver-based Novo Coffee, ... More >>
A Seoul survivor.
A dance troupe shimmies for literacy in Ethiopia.
Wednesday August 8, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030.
As we wrote about in “Pot of Gold," Joseph Brodsky, coffee buyer for the Denver-based boutique coffee roaster Novo Coffee, traveled to Ethiopia last October to search out the African origins of the Panamanian Geisha coffee bean, widely considered one of the best coffees in the world. When the tri ... More >>
Who better to save America than an armed Mark Wahlberg? Seriously.
Last we heard from Denver coffee entrepreneur and explorer Joseph Brodsky, he was planning to stay in Ethiopia indefinitely to seek out the best undiscovered coffee beans—such as the legendary Geisha—the birthplace of java had to offer. He's still there, looking for his beans in wild f ... More >>
The documentary Black Gold, which is touring the country and was shown in Denver and Boulder last month, fashions itself the Fast Food Nation of the coffee industry, contrasting the excesses of the western caffeine craze with the plight of Ethiopian coffee farmers to illustrate the inequities stirre ... More >>
Over the past few months, there have been religious riots, killer floods, a full-scale war, a government overthrown, U.S. bombing and more religious riots in the Horn of Africa. Don't feel too bad if you've been too distracted by news about The Real World: Denver and the iPhone to pay attention to t ... More >>
Joseph Brodsky has a nose for great coffee. It led him all the way to Ethiopia, in search of the Geisha.
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The war is now half a world away, but these Sudanese refugees are still fighting to find their place.
These refugees lost their homes and families in southern Sudan. But in Denver, they're finding a future.
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