Leaving for Central America Origin Trip

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     Tomorrow morning, I leave for Central America.

I will be flying out of everybody’s favorite airport LAX, to Belize City.  My father is already there, waiting for me to arrive.  No sooner do I land, will we be hopping on a small plane to Placencia, and from there, taking a water taxi to Puerto Cortes.  It should be a great tour of the less touristy part of the country of Belize.

Read: Preparing for my Coffee Origin Trip

Other than for some great bonding time with my father, this is a coffee origin trip.  From Belize, we will be traveling to Honduras and Guatemala, and stopping at coffee farms in each of those two countries.

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   I have now on three separate occasions visited coffee farms in Hawaii.  All three were great eye-opening experiences, particularly the most recent where I traveled with the owner and head roaster of Canada’s Fire Roasted Coffee.  What an incredibly unique experience for a coffee-lover to watch our favorite beverage come full circle with a professional roaster talking to a coffee farmer!

Read: Check out our article in Roast Magazine
Read: My Kona Hawaii Trip Report

The aspect of this trip that will make it unique is that I won’t be in the United States.  I’ll be in poorer countries where I expect the plight of coffee farmers and their cycle of poverty will hit close to home.  I’ve spent the last three months diligently learning Spanish, and I hope to conduct an interview with a coffee farmer in Spanish (recorder in hand, for everything he says that I will surely miss).

Wifi will be hard to come by.  I will take every advantage to keep you posted on my trip.  You can follow updates by liking our Facebook page, or following us on Twitter.  Check back here too! – I’m already excited to share the experience with you.  Going to the source of coffee, where it all comes from!

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