Chicago Tribune (MCT)
Women pick through impurities in the
coffee beans at the processing plant
in Yabu, Ethiopia. Workers, if
they're lucky, make $1.50 a day in
wages. (Wes Pope/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
But as midday nears, a heavenly scent wafts from the corner, where Ahmed Achoumeto, 25, pounds a pile of black coffee beans in preparation for the noontime break.
"I am terribly addicted. If I don't get coffee, I can't see properly," he said, standing barefoot in the dirt, grinding the beans with a primitive 3-foot-long wooden pestle and a mortar made of a hollowed tree stump. "Almost everyone here is addicted."