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Ethiopian Coffee Shops Sprout Up Across the US …Thanks to Starbucks

Merc Lewis | The Ethiopian Herald   in 
June 28, 2015

The chain is a punching bag for those who distrust big business, but it has helped revolutionize the US coffee scene and paved the way for smaller businesses to flourish. Three years ago, Elias Gurmu and his wife, Sarina Prabasi, spotted a shuttered shoe repair shop in their new Manhattan neighbourhood. They had moved only a year earlier from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. And they thought the tiny vacant space was the right spot for an Ethiopian coffee shop. 


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