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Ethiopia-Dire Dawa-Harar

I traveled a la carte (i.e. without a group, thankfully) to Eastern Ethiopia to meet up with the Ogsadey family. You know them as the Harar Horse exporter, who has had a strong relationship with Royal Coffee importers for many years. They offer some of the best Harar coffees, and have a mill in Dire Dawa where they do extra cleaning and hand-sorting of all lots. The central person in the MAO business is Abdirasid Ogsadey, a cousin of the patriarch Mohammed Abdullah Ogsadey, who passed away several years ago at the ripe age of ... well, nobody can quite agree. The sons of Mohammed Sr. are Abdullahi and Ledon Ogsadey, who mainly works with the trucking side of the business. Dire Dawa is on the rail line, and is the hub for coffee trading and transport to the sea ports of Djibouti. Harar city has no coffee trade, but the greater region of Harar, called Hararghe, is where all the coffee is grown that we call Harar. I learned a lot on my trip, and am indebted to my hosts, who had just started fasting for Ramadan and were miraculously able to drive around with me far and wide. I spent a time in historic Harar city alone, to give them a break. -Tom, September 2008

Note: Many of the images have descriptive captions ... click on them to view the larger image and the captions. You can also view this photoset on our Coffee Image Gallery Site.

I also created two little animations from still images, and see my youtube movies of Harar.


Roasting Coffee in a Pan
(click for larger image)


Milling Coffee the Harar way
(click for larger image)
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Thunderstorms in Addis
Thunderstorms in Addis
Addis airport espresso - ugh
Addis airport espresso - ugh
Mmm ... Ambo
Mmm ... Ambo
Typical Dire Dawa buildings
Typical Dire Dawa buildings
Fresh Paint
Fresh Paint
Italian Heritage.
Italian Heritage.
Do you know what this means?
Do you know what this means?
Latest Coca Cola campaign
Latest Coca Cola campaign
Original Pigeons
Original Pigeons
Photo Fact
Photo Fact
Offices in the old Bridgestone building
Offices in the old Bridgestone building
Mohammed Abdullah Ogsadey
Mohammed Abdullah Ogsadey
Vintage MAO bags
Vintage MAO bags
Wow! What a Taste!
Wow! What a Taste!
The original Harar Horse
The original Harar Horse
Single Barrel Probat Sample Roaster
Single Barrel Probat Sample Roaster
Another cool award
Another cool award
Driver's License, 1922.
Driver's License, 1922.
Cute Kitten Advertising
Cute Kitten Advertising
Roasting Coffee for the office, Dire Dawa
Roasting Coffee for the office, Dire Dawa
Warehouse in Dire Dawa
Warehouse in Dire Dawa
Cleaning up the green coffee
Cleaning up the green coffee
Bits of skin and parchment
Bits of skin and parchment
Sorting Harar Coffee, Dire Dawa
Sorting Harar Coffee, Dire Dawa
Closeup of hand sorting of Harar Coffee
Closeup of hand sorting of Harar Coffee
Hand-sorting of Harar Coffee
Hand-sorting of Harar Coffee
Hand-sorting of Harar Coffee
Hand-sorting of Harar Coffee
Closeup of hand sorting of Harar Coffee
Closeup of hand sorting of Harar Coffee
Closeup of hand sorting of Harar Coffee
Closeup of hand sorting of Harar Coffee
50 KG sacks for Saudi Arabia
50 KG sacks for Saudi Arabia
Making the Horse coffee bag
Making the Horse coffee bag
The horse stencil
The horse stencil
Mr Ogsadey's sweet ride
Mr Ogsadey's sweet ride
Sign for the Coffee Authority, Harar
Sign for the Coffee Authority, Harar
The Coffee & Tea Authority, Dire Dawa Branch
The Coffee & Tea Authority, Dire Dawa Branch
Probat and Mahlkonig at the Coffee Tea Authority
Probat and Mahlkonig at the Coffee Tea Authority

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