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Ethiopia in December, a Harvest Trip

The last destination on our 3 part journey was Sidamo and Yirga Cheffe areas of South Ethiopia. We were hoping to get to Moredocofe in the Gjui area near Shakisso, but there are local problems between the farmers and gold miners in the area. If they mistook us Faranji (foreigner) as gold miners, we might be in trouble, so we ahd to re-route. We focused on visiting cooperatives (Unions) in Yirga Cheffe and Sidamo. This was a harvest trip, not a cupping trip, a time of the crop cycle to see the picking of cherry and processing, whereas if you come in April it's great for cupping stocklots from the warehouse, but there is no coffee production going on. I was with Jeremy, and we met Aleco Chigounis and his dad Tony Chigounis in Addis. Aleco is with Stumptown, his dad with old school Lacas Coffee in Philly ... a rare thing when 2 generations are in coffee in the US. Wim van Kooten of Trabocca pulled it all together and kept things sane, somewhat. Of course getting stuck in the mud after a downpour on a distant road near Hache was not in the plans, nor was the missing airplane that was supposed to get us to Addis from Kenya in the first place, but it just adds a bit of spice to any coffee sourcing trip. I mean, it was going way too smoothly up until then. -Tom

 We Do Things Differently, but it sure doesn't look like it. Leaving Addis - Ethiopia
We Do Things Differently, but it sure doesn't look like it. Leaving Addis - Ethiopia
 More than a fender bender. Leavoing Addis for the south. - Ethiopia
More than a fender bender. Leavoing Addis for the south. - Ethiopia
Roadside cattle drive near Lake Ziway - Ethiopia
Roadside cattle drive near Lake Ziway - Ethiopia
 Not a lot of Camels on this route, since it is not nomads here. - Ethiopia
Not a lot of Camels on this route, since it is not nomads here. - Ethiopia
Ant hills, or could their be some VERY large cattle in the area? Lake Ziway area - Ethiopia
Ant hills, or could their be some VERY large cattle in the area? Lake Ziway area - Ethiopia
 Jeremy and his damn smiley face (cookie that is)- Ethiopia
Jeremy and his damn smiley face (cookie that is)- Ethiopia
 Cow and Booze Hotel - Ethiopia
Cow and Booze Hotel - Ethiopia
 Why is this bull looking away? Is he embarassed? - Ethiopia
Why is this bull looking away? Is he embarassed? - Ethiopia
 Hair Style Signs No. 1 - Ethiopia
Hair Style Signs No. 1 - Ethiopia
 Oromo House near Lake Ziway - Ethiopia
Oromo House near Lake Ziway - Ethiopia
  Hair Style Signs No. 2- Ethiopia
Hair Style Signs No. 2- Ethiopia
 Advertising in Awassa. I think a Sweet Maria's billboard in Awassa would be a great idea - Ethiopia
Advertising in Awassa. I think a Sweet Maria's billboard in Awassa would be a great idea - Ethiopia
Ill-conceived bar name in Awassa, Ethiopia
Ill-conceived bar name in Awassa, Ethiopia
 A great place for an old herder to get a Harar beer. Kids welcome too. Awassa,- Ethiopia
A great place for an old herder to get a Harar beer. Kids welcome too. Awassa,- Ethiopia
 Sidama House near Awassa - Ethiopia
Sidama House near Awassa - Ethiopia
 Colorful houses near Lake Lagano - Ethiopia
Colorful houses near Lake Lagano - Ethiopia
 Do petrol trucks flip over quite often here? - Ethiopia
Do petrol trucks flip over quite often here? - Ethiopia
 Local color, Kuyera area- Ethiopia
Local color, Kuyera area- Ethiopia
 Ethiopia Moderne
Ethiopia Moderne
 Market day Negele- Ethiopia
Market day Negele- Ethiopia
Lacking a healthy respect for cars and trucks, Near Kuyera - Ethiopia
Lacking a healthy respect for cars and trucks, Near Kuyera - Ethiopia
 Roadside graves near Kuyera- Ethiopia
Roadside graves near Kuyera- Ethiopia
Cow butts near Awassa  - Ethiopia
Cow butts near Awassa - Ethiopia
 Watch out for bloody dead corpses in the road (?) outside Awassa - Ethiopia
Watch out for bloody dead corpses in the road (?) outside Awassa - Ethiopia
 View of Awassa, or Hawassa, or A-Whas-Up?- Ethiopia
View of Awassa, or Hawassa, or A-Whas-Up?- Ethiopia
Bedele. Not at all the worst beer in Ethiopia. Dilla, Ethiopia
Bedele. Not at all the worst beer in Ethiopia. Dilla, Ethiopia
The famous or infamous Get Smart Hotel in Dilla, Ethiopia
The famous or infamous Get Smart Hotel in Dilla, Ethiopia
Meeting with Yirga Cheffe Union folks and Haddis at the Rendevous in Dilla, Ethiopia
Meeting with Yirga Cheffe Union folks and Haddis at the Rendevous in Dilla, Ethiopia
Pensive waiter poses with statue at the Rendevvous in Dilla, Ethiopia
Pensive waiter poses with statue at the Rendevvous in Dilla, Ethiopia
They got it all. And quality service too! Dilla, Ethiopia
They got it all. And quality service too! Dilla, Ethiopia
Harar Sofi, Beer and Hakim Stout ad, in Dilla, Ethiopia
Harar Sofi, Beer and Hakim Stout ad, in Dilla, Ethiopia
 More painted cattle in Dilla - Ethiopia
More painted cattle in Dilla - Ethiopia
Truck Wash, I mean, river crossing, I mean, Truck Wash. - Ethiopia
Truck Wash, I mean, river crossing, I mean, Truck Wash. - Ethiopia
A warning not to get in a wrestling match with another Toyota Land Cruiser. You WILL flip over.  Ethiopia
A warning not to get in a wrestling match with another Toyota Land Cruiser. You WILL flip over. Ethiopia
 Roadway as the sun gets low, near Yirg Alem- Ethiopia
Roadway as the sun gets low, near Yirg Alem- Ethiopia
 Local domestic decor, near Yirga Cheffe - Ethiopia
Local domestic decor, near Yirga Cheffe - Ethiopia
 Local materials Mud, Hay, Banana leaf - Ethiopia
Local materials Mud, Hay, Banana leaf - Ethiopia
 Hair Style Signs No. 3 - Ethiopia
Hair Style Signs No. 3 - Ethiopia
At town near Worka. Local attitude. - Ethiopia
At town near Worka. Local attitude. - Ethiopia
Local excitement, Worka Town- Ethiopia, GPS Image
Local excitement, Worka Town- Ethiopia, GPS Image
A lumpy and rumpled man playing a flute? or brushing his teeth? - Ethiopia
A lumpy and rumpled man playing a flute? or brushing his teeth? - Ethiopia
 Near Worka town, Kochere area. - Ethiopia
Near Worka town, Kochere area. - Ethiopia
 Traditional painting along the road to Worka Union- Ethiopia
Traditional painting along the road to Worka Union- Ethiopia
 Worka Town photo hounds - Ethiopia
Worka Town photo hounds - Ethiopia
 Jeremy shares pictures- Ethiopia
Jeremy shares pictures- Ethiopia
 Children care for children, Worka town- Ethiopia
Children care for children, Worka town- Ethiopia
 Local architecture, with padlock. - Ethiopia
Local architecture, with padlock. - Ethiopia
 Worka town locals- Ethiopia
Worka town locals- Ethiopia