Tribute To Coffee Growers
As you enjoy your steaming cup of coffee, whether it be your pour over specialty, French press method, or the more conventional automatic drip method of brewing, I'd like to inspire you with a new appreciation for what it takes to get to the point of sipping that dark brew.
I've had the privilege of being on several coffee farms during our time spent in Nicaragua. I wish I could take you there and let you bask in the bright sunshine, inhale the pure, cool mountain air, and walk around in the lush, dark green foliage of coffee plants, orange trees, banana and plantain plants and just the right amount of towering trees to get the desired shade.
I'm huffing and puffing by the time we've climbed part way up the coffee 'finca.' (farm) My tour guide, the farmer, isn't winded in the least. After all, this is his domain. He, along with many hired hands, spend their days climbing up and down these steep mountainsides, carrying backpack sprayers, swinging machetes to clean all the dense vegetation, and during harvest time, working like oxen to haul 100 lb. sacks of coffee beans up and down these slopes. All this is done by hand. Many, many hands.
During coffee harvest, the farm owner will hire many workers who come from many different parts of the country looking for work. There will be a very crude bunk house on the farm where 20-30 workers will spend there nights on wood plank beds. The head cook is up long before dawn patting out tortillas, getting the coffee made and all the workers fed.
Well, that's all for now. I could keep on writing a long time, but that will have to be for future posts. For now, enjoy that cup of coffee!
My friend Henry's coffee processing facility.