Beans for sale atthe market are measured out in little cans. The can is heaped as high as it will go, and the amount that stays is the base amount that you purchase in multiples of. This practice of heaping measures was essentially universal in Ethiopia, so far as I could tell.
A simpler form of shrine to the deceased saints is a rock-pile over the grave, often, though not always, at the base of one of the grand sycamore trees that, as elsewhere in Ethiopia, mark important cult and political sites. This week: shrines in Harar.
Harar is a Sufi area, and the old town and surrounding area is full of shrines to the local saints–over 300 of them, apparently. This one is on a central street, colorfully painted, and with two places for offerings and the burning of incense.
Freshly roasted beans still hot from the roasting are left to stir and cool off before being moved to bins.
Beans spilling out of the roaster at the Nure coffee roastery in Harar, Ethiopia.
Two of the different levels of roast at the Nure coffee roastery in Harar, Ethiopia.
In the Nure coffee roastery, Harar, Ethiopia.