“Roots & Ritual: Coffee and Culture in Ethiopia.” Selamta Magazine. November, 2013.
“Entrenched in the forested flanks of Ethiopia’s Amaro Mountains, I sat down for a cup of coffee with a seventh-generation leader of the Messa tribe, Marsha Aday. We convened outside his regal earthen home, with a dizzying vista of overlapping wild coffee trees toppling over each other as they stretched to the summit of Mount Yero Wallo. I was visiting Marsha Aday to hear his coffee story and the coffee stories of his ancestors. He wove a tale for me of cursed and burning red beans, of Muslim traders on camelback, and of the best coffee in Ethiopia. He told me there was more to tell, but in order for him to share his coffee story — and for me to truly understand — I would have to drink his coffee…”