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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.
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.
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!
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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