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Topic: Ehtiopia Trip (16 msgs / 361 lines)
1) From: Gregg Talton
Lurk mode off...
I've been a list member for several years and just returned from a wonderful
visit to Ethiopia!  While my visit had nothing to do with coffee, I had some
wonderful coffee experiences.  First, After a day in Addas Ababa we drove
south to Lake Langano for a week.  While visiting a camp I was treated to
some of the best coffee I've had outside my own homeroast.  They said it was
from Sidamo but since I don't speak Amheric very well I don't know much else
about the coffee.  I was taken to an open fire behind the kitchen where they
roasted the coffee on what appeard to be a very large wok shaped pan.  The
lady roasting the coffee used a stick to stir the and adjusted the heat by
moving logs in and out of the fire. It was roasted to second crack and
cooled in a clay container.   Since we all know the importance of a good
grinder I could hardly wait for this step of the process.  They had a large
wooden bowl and a few very large sticks from a tree.  The ends of the sticks
were carved to a point and the coffee was pounded by two people into a
powder.  Once a fine powder, it was poured over boiling water and served.
The coffee was absolutely wonderful - chai spice, fruits...incredible
flavor!  Since I was in Langano for a week, I had this wonderful brew every
morning.
After returning to Addis Ababa I began talking about coffee with one of the
ladies who worked where I was staying.  She shared with me that she had
previously worked in a large coffee processing facility and could arrange a
tour if I was interested.  As my son would say..."well duh".  We drove
across town the next morning to Robera Coffee where they were processing
Yirga Cheffe.  It was an amazing tour of the processing facility, roasting
room, cupping room and lab.  But I'll never forget the four long rows of
ladies sitting at conveyors hand sorting coffee.  I have pictures and will
share them soon, including video of the coffee roasting at Langano.  After
the tour I was treated to several shots of SO Yirg espresso... I was a happy
man.
I'm now home in Charlotte drinking Moka Kadir Blend and some mighty fine
Ethiopian ordered from SM before my trip.  Although I'm looking forward to
returning to Langano next summer.
Gregg Talton
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2) From: Lynne
Wow - what an incredible experience! Thanks, Greg, so much for sharing with
us (and
for coming out of lurkdom, too). I'm looking forward to seeing the photos.
I roast stove-top, and a short time after we moved to this apt, we had a
power failure.
I had my homeroast, but no way to grind it. My son & I took turns (actually
he took
over when I didn't last too long), trying to grind the beans w/my little
mortar & pestle -
let me tell you, it was a very rough, large grind - and made the worst cup
ever.
I can't even imagine how they manage to grind with wood. Amazing!
Lynne
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3) From: Yakster
Sounds great, Gregg.  It was nice to experience it vacariously through you.
-Chris
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5) From: Jim Couch
This on didn't need a spew alert. It needed a DROOL alert attached!
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6) From: Jim Couch
This on didn't need a spew alert. It needed a DROOL alert attached!
On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 9:14 PM, Gregg Talton wrote:
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8) From: g paris
Gregg:
Thanks, also sounds like a wonderful trip.
I get my coffee from the far away places from my sister when she travels
which is all of the time.
One of my favorite greens was the wild greens from some little village in
Africa!
g
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9) From: Gregg Talton
It was an amazing experience.  I'm planning to return next summer if not
sooner.   One thing I thought was interesting - green coffee was more
available than roasted in the stores.  While @ Robera the offered roasted
Yirga Cheffe but only as a "light" roast.  My friend commented that they
roast it dark for only one client and held up a *$ bag.
Gregg
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10) From: michael brown
Please please please let us know when you have some pics uploaded somewhere.  I shared your story with a few friends and family members.  Whether your a roaster or not, your story was very personable and intriguing. Might be something to think about...sharing your story and pics with a local paper or something.
Michael Bb'ham, AL
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11) From: Gregg Talton
Michael,
I should have pictures next week...
  I moved my home roaster from Birmingham to Charlotte - My family from
Columbiana (and Jasper) is here now to welcome me home.  Glad to see more
Alabamians into home roasting.  Before homeroasting I spent waaaay too much
money at O'Henrey's.    I worked in Homewood and would walk over for coffee
before recording voice-overs.
Gregg
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12) From: michael brown
O'henry's is certainly a class act. Randy Adamy bought it from Henry Albright in the late 90's and turned it into what it is today...over 5 locations and a STRONG wholesale business...he's my biggest competitor.  He took the time to give me a personal tour and even sell me some greens from time to time.  There was a time when they were the only micro roasters here in town.  Now there are more than 5, not including me!  But yes, i spent many a dollar at O'henry's before i started roasting my own.  Still among the best in b'ham, although their espresso leaves a bit to be desired.
Can't wait to see the pics!
Michael Bb'ham, AL
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13) From: g paris
Gregg:
Cannot wait to see the pictures. How wonderful.
very cool trip. Why did you decide on this particular adventure?
ginny
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14) From: Gregg Talton
I went to help with a sports camp.  I'm also a RN so I had the opportunity
to offer some medical care.
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15) From: Allon Stern
On Sep 2, 2010, at 10:25 PM, Gregg Talton wrote:
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16) From: Gregg Talton
That's funny, we took 98 lbs of soccer balls and 48lbs of soccer uniforms.
Were were also questioned extensively at Ethiopian Immigration.
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