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Our audio recordings about coffee from West Oakland, CA and beyond, mostly from Thompson Owen.

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Our audio recordings about coffee from West Oakland, CA and beyond, mostly from Thompson Owen.

    Ethiopia 5 - Shakiso - Guji Coffee & Very Loud Prayers

    Ethiopia 5 - Shakiso - Guji Coffee & Very Loud Prayers

    It’s Sunday morning in Shakiso town but it’s not peaceful and quiet by any definition. I am talking about coffee in the area, but I’m competing against the decibels of the Orthodox church and their loudspeaker. I am not sure if this is very “listenable”.
    It sounds ok to me, but I am used to these morning prayers and just tune them out. It might not be so easy in a recording. Anyway, it’s here for you to listen to … or not! 

    • 11 min
    Ethiopia 2 - Jimma, Coffee Travel and Coffee Marketing

    Ethiopia 2 - Jimma, Coffee Travel and Coffee Marketing

    I am in the larger town of Jimma, I think the euphoria of returning to the dirt roads of Ethiopia wore off a bit. It was probably all the dust. Feeling a bit drained, but still happy to be back in Ethiopia, I reflect a bit on coffee travel. I have always had a problematic relationship with using coffee travel to sell coffee, to create marketing material. But in the end I feel coffee can be a pretty straightforward product, and that’s not bad at all. I was going to skip including this one honestly, but decided to keep it in the end.

    • 8 min
    Ethiopia 1 - Agaro: The Losing Battle of Coops vs. Private Exporters

    Ethiopia 1 - Agaro: The Losing Battle of Coops vs. Private Exporters

    I am in Agaro town in the Western coffee region near Jimma and Limmu. It feels like I am 70% in Ethiopia and 30% still back in Oakland. Despite jet lag, I talk about what I have learned so far about the competition for coffee cherry, and how the cooperatives are at a disadvantage when well-funded exporters open up coffee stations in the area. It’s not all bad. Coffee farmers are selling cherry at high prices, which helps offset local inflation. I also added on some thoughts about Covid in Ethiopia and some interesting comments I heard from my Ethiopian. 
    This is part 1 of a series of recordings I made over morning coffee nearly every day on my December trip. They aren't perfect. They are monologues. They are a little embarrassing. But there are some good raw ideas in here, perhaps. I have 8-9 episodes if I can bear to post them all! It's a bit much.

    • 12 min
    Rwanda – Getting Back to Coffeelands

    Rwanda – Getting Back to Coffeelands

    Tom posted a set of photos and an article in our coffee library. This is the audio version of that article, read by Tom. It's an insight into the narrative created by coffee photography and how things are or aren't always as they seem.
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    • 13 min
    Colombia Cupping & Conversation Part 2

    Colombia Cupping & Conversation Part 2

    Part 2 of 2. Dan and Tom sat down with Pedro and Leo from Medellin, Colombia. They are the folks we work with when we source our coffee from there. They tasted four Colombian coffees that are en route to Sweet Maria's.

     

    • 20 min
    Colombia Cupping & Conversation Part 1

    Colombia Cupping & Conversation Part 1

    Dan and Tom sat down with Pedro and Leo from Medellin, Colombia. They are the folks we work with when we source our coffee from there. They tasted four Colombian coffees that are en route to Sweet Maria's. This is part 1. Check out part 2 for more great conversation and interesting details. 

    • 47 min

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