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Topic: Aster Bunna Ethiopian coffee from Addis Ababa (8 msgs / 208 lines)
1) From: sci
I friend of mine went to Ethiopia to adopt a baby and he brought back 2
kilos of roasted coffee in the bean for me, one normal and one dark.
It is the Aster Bunna mark. Still degassing, and had a nice bloom so it
wasn't all stale.
As usual, it has that rustic, old world, and odd complexity of an Ethiopian
DP. However, I could easily taste why this would be a coffee Tom would
reject. In the lighter roast (and hence the one that reveals more flaws),
there is a definite trace of...well...dirt or earthiness. I know too that
the cup consistency is probably going to be low. So the future cups could be
different. It is still a drinkable cup, but compared to the Jimma, the old
IMV, Bonko, etc. DP lots that SM has been offering, this is a far distant
cry away. I know I'm spoiled when it comes to coffee, but I don't mind!
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2) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Interesting comments. In general the best coffees are not held for 
the local market, they are exported. So it is very hard to find a 
coffee in Ethiopia with a cleaner cup flavor. The problem is how they 
roast too. Look at this machine in Dire Dawa Ethiopia (see the next 
5-6 photos after it too - there is one their of typical local Harar 
coffee with lots of black beans in it):http://www.sweetmarias.com/Ethiopia_Dire_Dawa_Harar_2008/Ethiopia_Dire_Dawa_Harar_2008-Pages/Image63.htmlAnyway, I like tasting local coffee - even if it isnt the best. It 
puts things in perspective...
Tom
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3) From: Rich
That thing needs a real good steam cleaning...
On 01/21/2011 02:27 PM, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote:
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4) From: BSGarley
We used cement weights just like that at my HS in Minnesota in the 60's.
We also would make our own curling stones by freezing water in coffee cans.
You probably won't see that in Ethiopia.
Love those pictures. Take me with next time.
Bruce
Bruce Garley
New Port Richey, FL
Stillwater, MN
Ex-San Juan Capistrano, CA
 
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5) From: Gregg Talton
I was recently in Addis and Lake Langano - the only roasters I saw looked
like this...http://bit.ly/fXTBtRGregg
On Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 3:42 PM, Rich  wrote:
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6) From: Lynne
Now that is COOL! That's the kind of photos of roasters I'm interested in,
ha!
I'd love to hear more about your trip there. Amazing to see how everything
is done by hand (which I would actually expect in Ethiopia, but great to
really *see* it).
How did the coffee taste?
Lynne
On Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 10:38 PM, Gregg Talton wrote:
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7) From: raymanowen
When a machine is run by just a specific few people and looks
cobbled-together with coat hangers, (Duesenberg hose clamps) Smart
money doesn't try to improve it. Attempts at repair or rebuilding
often have an undesired effect.
To steam clean might be to destroy. -ro
On 1/21/11, Rich  wrote:
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Persist in old ways; expect new results - suborn Insanity...
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8) From: Rich
Yep, it may just fall apart.  Save nameplate and roll a new roaster 
under it.
On 01/23/2011 12:36 PM, raymanowen wrote:
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