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Topic: Coffee shop in Ethiopia (10 msgs / 191 lines)
1) From: Brian Salwasser
Hello friends,
My wife and I are heading to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  I know that some of you
are extensive world travelers and have probably found a great coffee shop
there...can you fill me in on a good place to go?
Thanks and Happy Halloween!
Brian
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2) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
There's the Keffa coffee shop in Addis that has a logo just like 
starbucks. There is also a place that roasts in Addis which I wanted 
to visit last time I was there ... but it was a day they were closed. http://mokarar.com/The owner is named Mnace and I was exchanging 
messages with him before that trip, but as I said, it didn;t work 
out. I think it is on the Lonely Planet book map of Addis too.
Tom
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3) From: Brian Salwasser
Thanks a lot, Tom.  I'd like to check this place out when we have a free
day.  I've been enjoying syrupy strong coffee the last two mornings here in
Addis.  The cups are awefully small though.  Don't they have venti here???
On 10/31/08, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee 
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4) From: Allon Stern
On Nov 3, 2008, at 12:56 AM, "Brian Salwasser"  wrote:
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Don't they have what?! I don't understand that word, and what it has  
to do with good coffee.
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5) From: Joseph Robertson
Allon,
Brian was making reference to quantity or size of the coffee he was served.
It appears to be a *$s creation.
Check out this quote from:
"http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001677.html"By the way, *venti *may well mean "weasel snot" in some language, but the
Starbucksian marketeer who came up with the name was probably thinking of
the Italian for "twenty". Or "winds", take your pick. Of course, the
Italians would use the metric system, and 20 fluid ounces in metric is
approximately 591.476 cc, but I don't think that *cinque nove uno virgola
quattro sette sei* is going to make it as a product name. I guess you could
round up and call it *seicento*. For all I know, maybe they do, somewhere
out there in Metricland."
JoeR
On Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 4:29 AM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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6) From: Joseph Robertson
Brian,
Can you purchase roasted beans there? It would be fun to grind and brew your
own mug of coffee where your staying.
AP and grinder? I suppose it was not in your plan to pack extra weight like
that though.
Keep us posted on your coffee stops. It's great to hear how they consume and
what coffee is like over there.
JoeR
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7) From: Brian Kamnetz
On Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 10:47 AM, Joseph Robertson  wrote:
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I'm with Joe.... I look forward to hearing future reports.
Brian
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8) From: Allon Stern
I know its a *$ thing - as I said, I don't know what that term has to  
do with *good* coffee.
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On Nov 3, 2008, at 10:29 AM, "Joseph Robertson"   
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9) From: Brian Salwasser
I haven't checked my email since the last post, but we are now back from
Ethiopia.
I didn't bring any coffee supplies with me for two reasons.  First, my wife
and I only packed in carry-ons and used the rest of our luggage for items
for the soon-to-be adopted kids in her organization (bottle formula,
diapers, candy, shoes, etc.).  Second, we went to the coffee capital of the
world and I expected coffee that was at least interesting.
I apologize if I offended someone with the "venti" comment.  It was simply a
reference to portions.  Ethiopian portions are far from American portions
(which is reflected in their waist size).  I often ordered 3 or 4 different
plates for breakfast....
I haven't had the time to sort through all of the pictures of our trip, but
when I do I will post a link to some pics of a traditional coffee ceremony.
 It was a neat experience, although I was shocked to see them soak the beans
with water before they roasted them in their little pan.
I have enjoyed seeing the posts again.
Brian
On Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 11:18 AM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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10) From: Joseph Robertson
Welcome home Brian. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos.
Cheers,
JoeR
On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 8:45 PM, Brian Salwasser <
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