The Akitu 6772 blend is our signature dark roast coffee - a blend of premium Ethiopian coffee beans.
The Akitu coffee is bold and complex and tastes outstanding, bringing together traditional coffee flavors with a winey and smokey finish. The medium-coarse ground premium coffee is perfect for brewing in a traditional coffee maker or a pour-over.
HISTORY OF AKITU
Akitu is a spring festival held in the first month of Nisanu (April) in ancient Mesopotamia, to celebrate the sowing of barley. The Assyrian New year's festival is celebrated to honor the supreme god Marduk, his crown prince Nabû and other gods.
The Akitu festival has played a pivotal role in the development of theories of religion, myth, and ritual. The Akitu festival of the Babylonians occurred in the spring, marking the rebirth of nature, the reestablishment of the kingship by divine authority, and the securing of the life and destiny of the people for the coming year.
The Akitu festival is a twelve-day long festival ending on April first with celebrations.
This year we celebrate the year 6772!
HOW TO SET UP AN AKITU TABLE
The Holy Bible: To recognize and honor the religion of modern-day Assyrians and to show continuity as a living culture, start with a Holy Bible on the table.
Tree of Life: Acquire a young tree in a small pot; add it to your table spread. After the 12 days Akitu Festival, the family may plant the tree together to honor a departed loved one.
Fire/Flame: Lite a fire/candle to symbolize the lengthening of days. The candle shall be kept alight until the wee hours of dawn.
Water Bowl and Flowers: Place frozen flowers in a bowl and let them melt; when the flowers are released from their icy enclosure, it could symbolize the change of the seasons.
Nisan's Beard: Gather herbs and tie them in a red handkerchief into a bundle; call it diqna d-Nisan or Nisan's Beard. Either hang the bundle upside down from the front door or display it on the Akitu table.
Fruit: Display seven types of fruits (such as apples, oranges, pears, figs, grapes, dates, and pomegranates).
Nuts: Display seven types of seeds and nuts (such as pistachios, cashews, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chickpeas).
Eggs: Dye 7 eggs red and display them on the table.
Wine, Oil, and Honey: Were served at ancient Assyrian king's palace banquets; these items could be added to the Akitu table display.
Multigrain bread: Represents the ancient agricultural roots. Barley Cookies: Barley was the main crop in ancient Mesopotamia.
Baklava: Originated by ancient Assyrians.
Inspired by the Assyrian flag, we worked with Rabel Betshmuel to create the AKITU 6772 label to celebrate the Akitu Festival and New Year with bright colors and a yellow daisy centered in the traditional four-pointed Assyrian star.