Kaldis Coffee, a chain coffeehouse headquartered in Addis Abeba, stretches its presence to the Middle East making its official debut in Dubai, UAE three weeks ago. The Cafe was opened with 200,000 dollars of initial capital, and close to 10 employees. The founder Tsedey Asrat said the international community gets to enjoy the aesthetics of Ethiopian coffee through Kaldis. She plans to open more branches in Dubai in the next few years while Tihtina Ayele, a former employee has been promoted to manage the local branches. "The western countries are my next targets," Tsedey told Fortune. Kaldis made its first appearance around Bole Medhanealem (Namibia Street) in 2008. It has managed to expand to 40 branches including Adama and Bishoftu towns with 2,000 employees under its fleet. The company has also been exporting raw coffee to Dubai through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange.
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