Lalibela, Ethiopia

Roha was the original name for this small town placed at 2500 meters in the Amharic region of Northern Ethiopia.

It was the center of the Zagwe dynasty that ruled the land from the 10th to 13th centuries, and the name was changed in honor of King Lalibela, who (rather unbelievably) constructed plethora of churches from solid rock within his lifetime, inspired to create a “new Jerusalem.”

Lalibela is a UNESCO world heritage site, and must be seen to be believed. In fact the earliest Europeans to encounter Lalibela felt they would not be believed if they wrote of it. In the 1520’s the first visit from a Portuguese priest inspired him to write “I weary of writing more about these buildings, because it seems to me that I shall not be believed if I write more … I swear by God, in Whose power I am, that all I have written is the truth.”

It is no longer such a remote town to visit, now that there is daily air service from Addis. There were few if any Americans there though during our brief stay. – Tom

10 Responses

  1. Being an old customer of yours, I have come to expect fine coffees to roast, along with detailed information of their origins & of course, beautiful pictures. Your interest in the people who grow & prepare the coffees for us is remarkable. You bring a feeling to me of being a part of an international family. You now present the wonders of LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA. By demonstrating the mix of religions & cultures in this region, you once again bring us into the world community. By doing this you bring many of us hope & optimism that our country may once again join the world community. Just want you to know how I truly value being a part of your family. I sincerely hope the turmoil now occurring in Ethiopia can be resolved quickly. R Tennant Teeter. Pine Knoll Shores , NC

    1. I have been talking to some of the people we work with in Ethiopia. It’s not a good situation at all, but the unrest is focused in the north and isn’t widespread … yet. I hope there’s a diplomatic solution and soon… Anyway thanks for your concern and comment. I really agree … and think that knowing where our products come from helps build that connection and concern with the rest of the world!

  2. Hope Trump does not see these photos, as he will want similar, and we will have to listen to CNN “experts” discussing the subject ad nauseum, while the psychologists just shake their heads.

  3. It’s wonderful to see where our coffees come from. We’ve been especially enjoying the Ethiopian coffees, and now I can feel a closer relation to the coffee I drink. Thanks for the great tour – I had no idea these churches existed.

  4. Looking at these photos, I am jealous of the world travel experiences T Owens has had, and very grateful for His talented photography skills. It would be enough if he just had the ability to source really great coffees for us (and he always does!), but the photos here and in all the post cards I’ve received in my orders over the years are treasures in themselves. Thank you for sharing these.

  5. I have to admit that I agree a lot with the first comment one the page – I have been buying coffee from you for a long while, and I do very much appreciate/enjoy the photos/stories that you add to the wonderful coffees! Please continue to do both things – and, may the miracle of peace on both our country and Ethiopia actually happen!

  6. Thanks for sharing these. A customer of yours sent them to me, and I especially loved seeing your photos of the fantastic building practices, stone carvings, and paintings of the area. I fear that Covid has restricted your travels of late, and I hope that you’re faring well despite that. Thank you for the reminder that we are all connected and related and live in the world together. Wishing you all the best during this Thanksgiving holiday week.

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