Ethiopia in Frosty January (2011 Travelogue)

Ethiopia in Frosty January (2011 Travelogue)

Okay, so it wasn't frosty, but the nights were a little chilly, I swear. I am uploading some not-so-recent travelogues to the the world wide interweb, and realized this trip to Western Ethiopia from January 2011 had some amusing images. I have made quite a few trips out there since but this was the first time I landed in the farther reaches of Illubabor, as well as covering Jimma pretty well.

There is a lot of promise for wet-processed coffee in the West, which was traditionally sold as low grade, undifferentiated dry-process coffee. With the new work we are doing there, farmers are receiving premiums far beyond what they ever could get for natural coffees of a commercial level, and much of this is based on the fantastic work of Technoserve to provide business advice, agricultural assistance, and market support to these cooperatives. - Tom

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    Merry Bar is Scary Bar

    A no-go kinda place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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    Roasting on 220v Quest M3 in Addis

    I brought a 220 volt version of the Quest to Addis to test for use out in the field, or in more remote cupping labs. It worked really well!

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    Roastied coffee on 220v Quest M3 in Addis

    I had time only to do a couple roast to check the function, not to really dial in the machine. My first roast stalled a bit, but that was just because I was being too gentle with the heat.

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    Sad, sad coffee plant at the exporters office

    Hopefully this is not an omen about the quality of Ethiopia coffee this year.

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    Cupping in Jimma

    The water quality is a bit of an issue in the Jimma lab, but the quality of the roasting has greatly improved since our first visit. They have a single-barrel electric Probat.

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    Scary hotels of Bedele Ethiopia. Happy Enjoyment, not.

    So this was basically a trucker prostitute place we ahd to stay at on our way to the far west. The room was clean, and I survived. Enough said.

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    Amharic for "Bedele Beer, Most Foamy of All"

    At Breakfast at Yayo Town, Illubabor, Ethiopia

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    Breakfast at Yayo Town, Illubabor

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    Making Colombia Coffee in Illubabor, Ethiopia (Aeropress)

    Something seems mildly wrong with brewing Colombia in Ethiopia. But I didn't bring coffee - it was Aleco's selection of some pretty amazing Stumptown coffee from Pedregal. Breakfast at Yayo Town, Illubabor, Ethiopia

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    Breakfast at Yayo Town, Illubabor

    Amazing honey in Yayo, Ethiopia. All the honey in the west is pretty spectacular. Agaro is a good town to buy honey.

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    Hand-pull La Cimbali Yayo Town, Illubabor

    Classic machine found all over Ethiopia.

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    Fiseha Dibissa, Metu advisor, at Baro Cooperative

    Fiseha is an easy gping guy with a lot of coffee experience.

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    Baro Cooperative, also Baarooo

    in Oromifa, a lot of vowels are added as a clue to correct pronunciation. So Baro becomes Baaroo.

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    Carl Cervone at Baro Cooperative

    Classic Carl, off in the shrubs, at Baro.

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    Fanta Bekele, BA for Baro Cooperative

    Fanta is basically the name for a soda in much of Africa. So you wonder what Fanta's parents were thinking

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    Momina, in charge of warehouse at Baro Cooperative

    I wish we had a warehouse manager like her, sigh.

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    Near Baro Town

    Just hanging out on wrecked construction equipment. It's kinda a "thing" I'm into... at origin. Call me odd, whatever.

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    At Sota -Mergia Beyene, Bedele Area Cooperative

    Mergia, charm and grace in one package!

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    Sota Cooperative

    Chicken wire, rake, emptiness. So sad. Where's the coffee?

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    On way to Hana Bosoke

    Government forest, government pines, official stuff.

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    Hana Bosoke

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    Bedele Brewery

    We had to stop at the world-famous Bedele brewery, and see the fantasic mural of the drunk monkey.

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    Bedele Brewery Cheerleaders

    Definitely makes me want a cold Bedele beer. How about you?

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    Tibs at Bedele Brewery

    You don't even know how difficult it is to say "Tibs" with the correct pronunciation. You could work at it for years and still not get it right.

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    Ripeness factors at Haro Sana

    X means No....

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    Abdo Tahir, the business advisor for Haro Sana

    A downright cheery guy. But the cooperative is a bit of a mess...

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    Honey Coffee in Djimma Ethiopia

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    Fou in in Djimma Ethiopia

    Fou knocks your socks off. Definitely filling stuff though...

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    Choche Coffee Research

    It's the birthplace of coffee, and don't you say it isn't!

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    "Birthplace of coffee" in Choche Ethiopia

    Getting all Macro-like at coche.

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    Purpurascens at Choche Coffee Research Station

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    Variegated coffee at Choche Coffee Research Station

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    Honey shop in Agaro, Ethiopia

    Basically the best photo of white honey every taken. Don't steal it!

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    Ethiopia Red Fox: At Moplaco in Addis AbabaAt Moplaco in Addis Ababa

    The Red Fox of coffee. Now a big tattoo on somebody's body...

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    Fasting Food in Addis Ababa

    Rounding out a great trip, some great fasting food in Addis. Tenestelem, Ethiopia!

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