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Ethiopia - Cupping in Addis Ababa (November 2007)

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Backup roaster - the iRoast
Backup roaster - the iRoast
Their roaster broke, but luckily they ahd an iRoast around to produce a few samples for us to cup.
IPS Big Shots
IPS Big Shots
The 5 stakeholders in IPS. It's nice to see a woman in there! IPS has a lot of different coffees and whittles down regions into very small districts, and ultimately to townships.
Micro Truck.
Micro Truck.
Back to the streets of Addis. I lve the cars here, especially all the micro vans and trucks such as this. They would never pass safety tests for use in the US, methinks.
It looks like a Scout but ...
It looks like a Scout but ...
There are an amazing amount of cool 4WD vehicles here. This one is tought for me to figure, since it definitely was not a US import. Is it a Nissan-Datsun, odd Toyota, Land Rover? You tell me.
Urban Herd
Urban Herd
It's typical to see a lot of livestock in Addis ... not that's fresh food!
Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus
Just as they use bamboo in modern construction in Asia, as scaffolding and such, they use skinny little Eucalyptus logs here.
evangelical
evangelical
In case HE is looking down, a homemade window sticker affirming that God kicks butt! Now, whuy would God need this little affirmation, I don't know....
Next days cupping ... Trabocca
Next days cupping ... Trabocca
The next day I headed out solo to Trabocca. Ironically, it is in the same builing as the dentist where Tim had his tooth glued back ina couple days earlier.
Abraham Begashaw
Abraham Begashaw
Abraham is the head of Trabocca's Ethiopia office. He is an experienced cupper with 20 years of experience.
Abraham Begashaw
Abraham Begashaw
Haile Berhane
Haile Berhane
Haile is the Trabocca Field Coordinator who works out of the Addis office.
Sarah Negash
Sarah Negash
Sarah Negash roasts the coffee samples on a 2 barrel probat and sets up the cuppings.
Coffee sample rack
Coffee sample rack
Incoming coffee samples at Trabocca
In case your forget ...
In case your forget ...
The custom Trabocca cups are there to remind you where you're at.
Abraham breaks the crust
Abraham breaks the crust
Breaking the crust to judge the aromatics.
Last round
Last round
That's me going around the table the last time to judge flavor as the cup cools. These were some very nice coffees, including a range of new crop Yirga Chefe, Limu and Sidamo coffees.
On a mission ...
On a mission ...
After leaving the Trabocca office, we followed this truck to ...
More Giant Cokes
More Giant Cokes
... more giant Cokes...
Later that day, the market in Addis
Later that day, the market in Addis
Later on, Gatacho was kind enough to take me and another gringo to the market. The market in Addis is a must-see!
no brand names
no brand names
Sure, they look like Adidas and Nikes, but rest assured they aren't. The market in Addis is full of great knock-off clothing.
The Spice Market
The Spice Market
Like a lot of big markets, there are areas for each type of commodity. This is "spice alley" at the Addis market.
Chiles and Yams
Chiles and Yams
Chiles and Yams: what a combination
Array of Spices
Array of Spices
There's a pretty good selection of spices available, and all very fresh.
Spice Row - at the market in Addis
Spice Row - at the market in Addis
Spice Row - at the market in Addis
All Types
All Types
There are vendors with shops and others that just seem to throw down some cardboard and sell their stuff.
Lottery Tickets
Lottery Tickets
Try your luck at the Ethiopian Lottery.
Not seen in Yemen
Not seen in Yemen
There is little alcohol to be found in Yemen, but since Ethiopia is as much Islamic as it is Coptic Catholic, you see more drunkeness and such.
Fashions galore
Fashions galore
There are some interesting selections of dresses and such. Not sure Maria would ever wear these if I bought them...
Super Scarey
Super Scarey
Oversized doll manequin ... not sure that would sell many dresses in the US.
Omnipresent white lady
Omnipresent white lady
As I mentioned, everywhere you go you see these extremely white plastic ladies in Addis, especially in the market.
hair colors
hair colors
She come with red hair, blue hair, and other various colors.
Muslim salespeople, western fashions
Muslim salespeople, western fashions
Muslim salespeople, western fashions
The source
The source
...And here's where they come from.
Speaking of fright ...
Speaking of fright ...
what a way to show off your wigs and hairpieces - you could make a horror movie from this thing.
Bric a Brac
Bric a Brac
Get away from the tourist items, and you won't see another Westerner for a long time. This section of the market is real miscellany.
More Misc.
More Misc.
Just a nice picture.

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