Berhane Amanuel came to America from Ethiopia in 1987 and settled in Seattle. A few years after that he met and later married Megan Eyre, and together they began offering east african products for sale on eBay in 1999. After receiving more sales than they initially anticipated they decided they should try their luck with a brick and mortar location and in 2002 they opened their first retail location in Seattle, WA. They believed they could bring exceptional quality foods, spices, and products from Ethiopia to the United States. Their retail business has expanded and also includes a restaurant. All spice products are purchased directly from Ethiopia. The spices are dried, ground, mixed and packaged in Ethiopia. Berhane’s mother Wahid runs the operations in Ethiopia making her special blend of spices while maintaining a superior level of quality control. Over the past 20 years the reputation of East African Imports has grown and expanded, supplying outstanding products including special spice mixes, coffee, tea, teff, grains, baskets, clothing and more keeps customers coming back because of consistent quality and fast, friendly customer service.