Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting

Ethiopia-Dire Dawa-Harar

I traveled a la carte (i.e. without a group, thankfully) to Eastern Ethiopia to meet up with the Ogsadey family. You know them as the Harar Horse exporter, who has had a strong relationship with Royal Coffee importers for many years. They offer some of the best Harar coffees, and have a mill in Dire Dawa where they do extra cleaning and hand-sorting of all lots. The central person in the MAO business is Abdirasid Ogsadey, a cousin of the patriarch Mohammed Abdullah Ogsadey, who passed away several years ago at the ripe age of ... well, nobody can quite agree. The sons of Mohammed Sr. are Abdullahi and Ledon Ogsadey, who mainly works with the trucking side of the business. Dire Dawa is on the rail line, and is the hub for coffee trading and transport to the sea containers of Djibouti. Harar city has no coffee trade, but the greater region of Harar, called Hararghe, is where all the coffee is grown that we call Harar. I learned a lot on my trip, and am indebted to my hosts, who had just started fasting for Ramadan and were miraculously able to drive around with me far and wide. I spent a time in historic Harar city alone, to give them a break. -Tom, September 2008

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Samples ready for cupping
Samples ready for cupping
Uneven roasts of samples, understandabley
Uneven roasts of samples, understandabley
Grading Green Coffee, Dire Dawa
Grading Green Coffee, Dire Dawa
Grader, sample roaster
Grader, sample roaster
Cupping at the Coffee Tea Authority in Dire Dawa
Cupping at the Coffee Tea Authority in Dire Dawa
An extra 4 barrel sample roaster!
An extra 4 barrel sample roaster!
Tayachew Rentie, Cupper
Tayachew Rentie, Cupper
Tayachew and Akebe Guiday, Cuppers
Tayachew and Akebe Guiday, Cuppers
Detailed cupping reports
Detailed cupping reports
Cupping Report
Cupping Report
Abdirasid Ogsadey and Fekede Regassa
Abdirasid Ogsadey and Fekede Regassa
The coffee trucks wait for the Auction
The coffee trucks wait for the Auction
Abdirasid Ogsadey
Abdirasid Ogsadey
Assli and Askar Ogsadey
Assli and Askar Ogsadey
Askar Ogsadey and a certain soccer ball
Askar Ogsadey and a certain soccer ball
Bank across from the Coffee Authority
Bank across from the Coffee Authority
Auction Lots for the Day ...
Auction Lots for the Day ...
New Harar auction lots
New Harar auction lots
The ellusive Harar Golden Bean
The ellusive Harar Golden Bean
Cell Phone paintings
Cell Phone paintings
Auto rickshaws
Auto rickshaws
Models's Eyes - freaky
Models's Eyes - freaky
He wanted a picture ...
He wanted a picture ...
Local roaster  in Dire Dawa Ethiopia
Local roaster in Dire Dawa Ethiopia
Ahmaric sign for coffee roastery
Ahmaric sign for coffee roastery
Roasted and Grinded Harar Coffee
Roasted and Grinded Harar Coffee
Selection, nope...
Selection, nope...
Turkish roaster (Yenkar)
Turkish roaster (Yenkar)
Yenkar Coffee Roaster?
Yenkar Coffee Roaster?
Coffee Roaster's from Hell
Coffee Roasters from Hell
Sweet Maria's New Roaster!!!
Sweet Maria's New Roaster!!!
Coffee Roaster's from Hell No. 2
Coffee Roasters from Hell No. 2
UG Harar green coffee
UG Harar green coffee
Creative use of USA cans
Creative use of USA cans
Ethiopia Picture No. 16
Ethiopia Picture No. 16
Great Hair Salon Photo #148
Great Hair Salon Photo #148

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