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You could ask me her name and my reply would be, “I don’t know”. It’s what she is saying, without words, that captured my attention.
I visited a number of coffee mills in Ethiopia earlier this year. This one was in northern Ethiopia, the Abaya district. It was pleasant and sunny with the quiet hum of work being achieved. The Girma Dry Mill is in the village of Gwangwa where the coffee is laboriously checked for defects by women young and old.
There is a relaxed atmosphere as they all sit on the ground with piles of green coffee at their feet. We are talking up to 100 people here. They are agile and precise. Obviously the camera bring smiles all around. I am hoping it is because they are noticed and appreciated.
Today I look at the coffee in our warehouse here in Newberg, some 8500 miles away and see five bags of Ethiopia Abaya natural. I wonder if she touched some of the coffee seeds herself?
–Paul Allen, Caravan Roastmaster