How to Make Coffee for Eshu

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Except in blood offerings, Eshu is always served first.  One of the things he really loves is spiced coffee.  So here’s a recipe for Eshu coffee that makes a great offering or addition to offerings.  Children of Eshu often like this very much as well.

Coffee for Eshu
How to make coffee for Eshu and related deities/energies.
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  1. 3 heaping teaspoons finely ground coffee
  2. 9 teaspoons of sugar or honey
  3. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  5. 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  6. 1 clove or a pinch of ground cloves
  7. 1/2 liter of hot water
  8. 1/2 cup coconut milk or cream (optional)
  1. In a pot or saucepan, put in all of the ingredients (except the coconut milk if you decide to add it).
  2. Turn on the heat while greeting Eshu with the title for your needs or thanks.
  3. Roast for a very short time while tossing the ingredients a multiple of three times. If you used honey it will melt to a thinner liquid. If sugar, it will just start to melt.
  4. Continue stirring while slowly pouring in the water. Try to stir it a multiple of three times clockwise.
  5. Once all the water is in, stop stirring and then let it begin to froth. You may need to turn the heat down. You don't want the coffee to burn.
  6. When it is frothing, stir from the top to stop it. You may want to use an action like picking up some liquid and pouring it back in repeatedly.
  7. When it is calm, stop and let it froth again. Then stir from the top again.
  8. Do this one more time for a total of three.
  9. Turn off the heat, and remove the pot and let it settle.
  10. Pour the coffee into a cup, being careful to get as little of the solids as possible. Don't use a strainer, just be careful.
  11. At this point, you can add the coconut milk or cream if you like.
  1. This can be served as a sort of sacrifice offering left out in Nature, at your shrine, or to a child of Eshu. Ashe!
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  1. Rochelle Emmanuel

    My Esu Altar in in a closet at the top of the stairs to my Home entrance. My entrance is too narrow to respectfully put my Altar. Is this accepable because, I’ve had Esu in a window at top of staircase. However, others can see touch etc. This is not acceptable. “Help”? Yes, I’m a child of Esu.

  2. Alafia! I just want to say thank you for your very clear and concise information on Eshu/Ellegba and the dieties. It is all so clear and simple and you are very forthcoming with information unlike so many.


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