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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Detail , with plastic soda bottle
Detail, with plastic soda bottle
Government coffee nursery
Government coffee nursery
Cow at the Government coffee nursery
Cow at the Government coffee nursery
Government coffee nursery
Government coffee nursery
Funny litle bird
Funny litle bird
Government coffee nursery
Government coffee nursery
Donkeys along the road
Donkeys along the road
Angry Donkey of Harar
Angry Donkey of Harar
Lantia
Lantia
Coffee leaves, longberry typica
Coffee leaves, longberry typica
Apple-like coffee leaves
Apple-like coffee leaves
Tall typica plants
Tall typica plants
Decorated Oromo House
Decorated Oromo House
Too much water, or poor nutrition
Too much water, or poor nutrition
Harar Longberry Typica
Harar Longberry Typica
Tall typica plants of Harar, poor nutrition
Tall typica plants of Harar, poor nutrition
Harari or Oromo People
Harari or Oromo People
Coffee farmer, Harar region Ethiopia
Coffee farmer, Harar region Ethiopia
The animal house
The animal house
Oromo House and girl, Harar 2008
Oromo House and girl, Harar 2008
Corn and Cliffs, Harar region (Hararghe)
Corn and Cliffs, Harar region (Hararghe)
Beating the brush in the rear view mirror
Beating the brush in the rear view mirror
Hararghe Countryside, Ethiopia
Hararghe Countryside, Ethiopia
Hararghe Countryside, Ethiopia
Hararghe Countryside, Ethiopia
Masalla, Mesela, Messla, etc
Masalla, Mesela, Messla, etc
Chickens for sale, Mesela
Chickens for sale, Mesela
Honey in Mesela, unrefined
Honey in Mesela, unrefined
Give Soap, Ethiopia
Give Soap, Ethiopia
Mesela or Masalaa or Messla, Hararghe Ethiopia
Mesela or Masalaa or Messla, Hararghe Ethiopia
Milling Harar Coffee
Milling Harar Coffee
Milling (i.e. pounding) Harar coffee
Milling (i.e. pounding) Harar coffee
Winnowing Harar Coffee
Winnowing Harar Coffee
Various stages of winnowed harrar coffee
Various stages of winnowed harrar coffee
Mr Mohammed Ismael, who oversees the Mesala Mill, Harar region
Mr Mohammed Ismael, who oversees the Mesala Mill, Harar region
Dried coffee cherry before milling, Harar region
Dried coffee cherry before milling, Harar region
Winowing basket for coffee, Harar region
Winowing basket for coffee, Harar region

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