[Homeroast] Ehtiopia Trip

g paris pchforever at gmail.com
Fri Aug 27 18:03:34 CDT 2010


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

On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 7:14 PM, Gregg Talton <gregg.talton at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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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