Tanzania, October/November, 2004
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Found this in my hotel room the first night--hopefully not a sign of things to come The view from the dining patio of the hotel in Moshi Stacking bags at Dormans warehouse
Custom bag art at Dormans The Tanzanian Coffee Board Auction Guest quarters at Usa Estate, Arusha
Evidence of coffee stem borer Traditional flood-channel irrigation at Usa Estate Tony Christianakis shows his wet mill
TGCA member cupping at Burka Estate's new lab Mt. Meru from Burka Estate Boabab trees at sunset, Tarangire National Park
One of the more scenic cups of coffee I've enjoyed in my life--view from my wall tent at sunrise, Tarangire Nat'l Park Juvenile elephant I'll never look at a Chevy Impala the same again.
A vervet monkey at a picnic area, waiting for lunch Fermenting tanks at Ngila Estate Chalkboards track the progess of each drying rack at Ngila
Ngila's new Brazilian pulper is one of the few of this type in the region We just missed a massive flowering except for a few small pockets in higher elevations. This bee on the payroll of Karatu Estate. The pulper at Karatu
Michael and Tina Gehrken, our hosts at Blackburn Estate Blackburn, and many of the other farms bordering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area fear elephants and water buffalo damage even more than CBD--here's evidence of the previous night's trampling. As we were about to leave Blackburn, the battery of our borrowed Land Cruiser died. Luckily, we were able to jump start it and borrow a replacement down the road at Nitin Estate.
Recently stumped trees at Nitin Estate Praful & Bahrat Patel give us a tour of their Shah Plantation Drying racks at Bergfrieden, another of the Patel's farms
More evidence of elephants in Oldeani: they can hear running water even buried, as this pipe was, several meters underground. They dig up and break the pipes weekly, cutting off the only water source to the farms down the mountain. Hippos and Sacred Ibis at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Cheetah checking out the tourists at Ngorongoro
Tourists checking out the cheetah at Ngorongoro Our guide and driver, Ibrahim, shows off a water buffalo skull. A Masai woman and child at a cultural boma within the conservation area.
Sunset at M'ringa Estate, Mt. Meru in the background Back in Moshi at Kahawa House, which houses the offices of the Tanzanian Coffee Board and the Auction A helpful diagram at the Tanganyika Coffee Curing Company (TCCC)
Seedlings at Machare Estate A beautiful view from Machare on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro Looking back up at Kili from Greg Emmanel's farm
"Native" coffee is grown as a cash crop in front, back, and side yards alongside food crops like bananas, tomatoes, and maize Dual pulpers Hybrid stock at the Tanzanian Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI)
The shoots are cut from the stem then rooted... ..or grafted onto different root stock Saying goodbye to the Christianakis just before heading home

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