What a great day.
After a breakfast of Ethiopian-style spicy scrambled eggs, and whole grain wheat pilaf (kinche) we visited Moplaco Plc, based in Addis Ababa, and joined a group of three from Spain, a coffee importer, a roaster and a master barista. We then had the chance to observe Moplaco staff receiving barista training and enjoy a very nice espresso and cappuccino made by the trainees. Later we joined the group in cupping some wonderful micro roasted coffees including sun-dried forest coffee from the Kaffa region of Ethiopia, chocolate-y Harrar coffee from this year’s harvest, as well as a delicate Yirgacheffe and a full-bodied and strong Sidamo. A big thank you to Bereket of Moplaco for her wonderful hospitality!
We left Moplaco with coffee flavors dancing in our mouths and headed over to Alem Bunna’s Bole Road café just in time to see their mid-day micro-roast, one kilo of green beans roasted in a Toper brand Turkish roaster. With no exhaust vent, the café was started to fill up with the smoke from the roasting beans engulfing us in the unique aromas of roasting coffee. The dark roast came out of the machine and we left soon afterwards feeling as if we had absorbed the aroma of roasting coffee deep into our being.