|Watching her roast the coffee right in the living room was immediately thrilling, but as soon as the green beans started to near the second crack and then make the journey late into it, my taste buds started screaming… I now understand why there is loads of sugar in many of the coffee shops of Addis.
Morning before the journey south: I awoke this morning to the sun just peaking over the hills of Addis, the prayers from the Orthadox Church next door echoing in the air, and the smoke of frankincense with another smell that was vaguely familiar wafting up through the corners of my door. In the days of no smoking in Seattle, one gets very confused when a wonderful smelling smoke is filling your room first thing in the morning. I followed the smoke down the stairs to our small living area and as soon I leaned into the room I quickly had to side step Marta, who was preparing a traditional coffee ceremony. I have heard of the traditional coffee ceremony in the states and now have seen it many times here in Addis, but at 6 a.m. in the morning!? You can imagine it put a huge smile on my face.
Stay tuned for more from Andy, from Ethiopia…
We were very excited a couple months ago when the folks from Blackbird – located in Ballard and possibly the best mens clothing store in the Northwest – expressed interest in collaborating on a Blackbird Coffee for them to sell in their shop. After a few good cupping sessions with our green bean buyer Daniel, the Blackbird crew settled on a blend of seasonal coffees from South America and the Pacific Rim; medium roasted to create aromas of sweet vanilla and warm tobacco. Their Blackbird Coffee blend is available in a stunning black glass jar and a traditional bag. Check out their blog post for more details….
Our friends at Issaquah Brewery have been working on a project we can really get behind: creating a smooth, sweet, milk stout with coffee beans roasted by us. They call it Cafe Frog, and it’s on tap now just a few leaps away in Issaquah…
Issaquah Brewery: 35 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027