First Ethiopian coffee shop starts operation at Denver airport


ADDIS ABABA – The first Ethiopian coffee shop at a major airport in the U.S. has been opened at Denver International Airport (DIA) – the largest airport in the U.S. and third biggest airport in the world interms of size—it was learnt.

According to the report of US-based television station, the second coffee shop, Kabod Coffee owned by Ethiopian woman Muluye Hailemar­iam (aka Mulu), was opened yesterday at DIA.

“We are proud of welcoming Kabod Coffee to the terminal and celebrate the success of one of our minority, women-owned businesses that have been able to grow at DEN,” DIA CEO Phil Wash­ington said.

“Coffee is culture in Ethiopia,” said Mulu. “I am honored to bring my heritage and the finest un­blended organic coffee to the thousands of daily travelers through DIA.”

She said, “My dream was to open own business someday. After years of working and saving I was able to open Kabod Coffee inside DIA.”

Muluye further stated that the dream has come true following the effort of the whole family. It has been a long journey to make it a reality. In its Twitter message, DIA stated, “A big welcome to Kabod Coffee to the terminal.DIA also called on everybody to grab a fresh cup of locally roasted Ethiopian coffee 24/7 at Kabod Coffee.

Kabod Coffee is a minority, women-owned business that also serves local baked goods and grab-and-go food items, according to the DIA’s  Tweeter statement.

Prior to opening the business at this location, Mulu opened two eateries and Kabod Coffee on Concourse B before the opening of the terminal location.

Kabod Coffee is owned by an Ethiopian woman, Muluye Hailemariam, who joined DIA’s conces­sions community, DEN kiosk program and the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program in 2011.

The January 15/2022

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