I am back in Addis Ababa, with decent internet connections. On Monday I will be heading south to Yirgacheffe and the rest of Sidamo. Here are some pictures I snapped while traveling in the highlands of Eastern and Western Hararge.
I've been meaning to share these images with you for a while. My old roommate found a slender notebook in a used book store in San Francisco, entitled "Coffee: The Story of a Good Neighbor Product."
It was published in 1957 by the Pan-American Coffee Bureau in New York City. I'm taking the liberty of reproducing large portions of it here. This was a promotional product; I can't imagine anyone objecting to me disseminating it further, albeit 42 years after the fact.
I like the style of the drawings, and the writing style too. The coffee information is almost all still entirely accurate. Here are a few images to pore over... I'll post more in the near future.
Here are some beautiful photos of coffee equipment from my friend Maria Diaz:
I've seen the prints of these up close, and a little web-friendly version like this doesn't do them justice. Check out Maria's flickr set, where you can view large versionos of these pictures and a couple more.