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Rising Stars: Meet Nardos Street

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nardos Street.  

Hi Nardos, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Ethiopia; I grew up helping my mom preparing Ethiopian coffee traditions called “The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony” since I was 10 years old. Living in a close family circle, I watched my mom and my grandmothers providing fresh roasted coffee to friends and family from scratch every day. This was a tradition Ethiopians have been practicing for generations. The Ethiopian coffee ceremony is an important part of the social and cultural life in Ethiopia. An invitation to attend a coffee ceremony is considered a mark of friendship and an excellent gesture of hospitality. Since I moved to the United States in 2004, I have always looked for ways to share this coffee culture and hospitality with my community. I started inviting people to my place for afternoon coffee ceremony or weekend lunch and coffee. Most people come back for more and I was happy to do it again and again. It gave me a sense of belongingness and helped me with my transition in making America home. 

Later, when I met a friend, now my husband, I insisted we travel to Ethiopia. So, we decided to head back home in 2012. We talked about family, my upbringing, and how every family we visited had prepared coffee ceremony for us. we felt loved, and appreciated, and the people were intentional about sharing this tradition with us. they took time and resources to show their hospitality. When we returned to the states, we decided to bring these values and experiences to the people here in our community, 

In 2016, we established Bereka Coffee & kitchen in Akron Ohio. The word “Bereka” means “Blessing” in Amharic, a native language of Ethiopia. We don’t just sell coffee; we share one of the unique and exciting coffee cultures in the world. We inspire people to feel interconnected to the other side of the world by sharing coffee beans that come from Ethiopia. We share history, as legend has it; coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia in 9th century. We preserve the dignity and quality of pure coffee by processing it fresh and on the spot. We educate our community to make better choices when selecting their coffee to help them gain the utmost benefit of consuming good quality and organic coffee. We also love and cherish the relationships and interactions made because of our coffee ceremony events and Ethiopian Cuisine experiences. 

Our mission is to bring people together cross-culturally and contributes to the beauty of cultural diversity. 

If you like additional reference, Akron Beacon Journal did an excellent job, here is the link https://www.beaconjournal.com/story/news/2021/04/28/akron-woman-feature-family-ethiopian-dishes-nohi-pop-up/7358056002/ 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Like most businesses, we have our share of struggles and victories. I would say the pandemic had a major effect to openly hold in-person events and be more involved in our community. 

the other aspect is getting people become aware of who we are and what we do has been the area we are working to improve. 

Community partnerships and collaborations is also another area we look to grow. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I worked in a non-profit sector supporting individuals with developmental disabilities for the last 10 years, I am grateful I have the opportunity to help them reach their dreams and goals. I like finding resources and recruiting others to do the same. I would say I learned more about selfless love and genuine relationships from them. 

My husband Ron is an educator and has a passion to help improve the quality of education and family support. 

We are most proud to be parents of our three wonderful children and to have been blessed and add value in our community. 

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
We would love to partner with local coffee shops, restaurants, and investors to reach more people. 

To have a mobile and Brick and Mortar Café. 

Pricing:

  • Community Coffee Ceremony Events $18/person
  • Ethiopian Cuisine Vegan/Hearty Meals $19-22/person
  • Coffee Ceremony Private/Business Catering starting $250 up to 15 guests and $10/person for additional guests
  • Ethiopian Food Lunch Boxes $10/person minimum 25 orders
  • Ethiopian Cuisine (full course meal) and Coffee Ceremony Catering $500 for up to 20 guests and $22/person for additional guests

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Image Credits
John R. Ayward Photography
jmrobinsonphotography

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