We’re walking toward a group of farms and even from a distance you can see that one stands out. Its coffee plants are full of fruit and are fuller and more robust than the crops growing on neighbouring fields. A farmer named Paco works this small plot of land near the village of Tsachopen, Peru, and his farm is an example of what can be done with the careful investment of time — and a truly fair price for the coffee beans his lush and shiny plants will eventually yield.
We’ve done a lot of direct trade work in Nicaragua in recent years, which is why it’s no surprise that this large Central American country is one our favourites to visit. Visiting Nicaragua for the first time is a humbling and jarring experience. In Nicaragua they depend on coffee and there’s nothing quite like a trip to the northeastern part of the country to drive that home.
The first few days of a trip to origin are all travel, and Peru is no exception This year we travelled through three different countries, logged a total of 15-hours in the air and racked-up another 10-hours in the truck before we reached our destination: Villa Rica.