[Homeroast] Ehtiopia Trip

Gregg Talton gregg.talton at gmail.com
Thu Sep 2 21:25:57 CDT 2010


I went to help with a sports camp.  I'm also a RN so I had the opportunity
to offer some medical care.

On Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 7:26 PM, g paris <pchforever at gmail.com> wrote:

> Gregg:
>
> Cannot wait to see the pictures. How wonderful.
>
> very cool trip. Why did you decide on this particular adventure?
>
> ginny
>
> On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 7:26 PM, Gregg Talton <gregg.talton at gmail.com
> >wrote:
>
> > 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
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 11:27 AM, michael brown <disracer at msn.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > 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
> > >
> > > > Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 09:26:31 -0400
> > > > From: gregg.talton at gmail.com
> > > > To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> > > > Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Ehtiopia Trip
> > > >
> > > > 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
> > > >
> > > > On Aug 27, 2010 7:03 PM, "g paris" <pchforever at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > > 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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