16,000 Volcanic Islands

Coffee from Sumatra

Sumatra is the second-largest island in the Republic of Indonesia and the sixth-largest in the world.

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“Our Workers Are Crucial”

Father and Son Honey

Spend a few minutes in Costa Rica’s central valley, looking up at Poás Volcano and watching a few horses graze in the shade of both indigenous and coffee trees. Welcome to Hacienda Sonora, the source of the May Coffee of the Month.

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Thrive: Making a Workshop

Another LFTN Spring Workshop is coming. Presenters and participants have marked April 22 – 24, 2021 on their calendars. The GSD crew have made their annual “helping hands” pilgrimage. Read more

The Road to Coffee

Timor-Leste is, at long last, a sovereign state located just to the east of Indonesia on the island the two countries share, north of Australia. It’s where William Bligh and his Bounty mutineers headed in 1789.

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In a Related Story…

Before we start the tale, have you given a thought to February’s holiday? Surely your Valentine would love some Holler Roast. We will gift wrap, tuck in a card, and ship directly to the one you love.

My own valentine, Chuck, celebrates his birthday every February. That’s why this month’s Coffee Tale tells a story of coffee roasting in the U.S. as it relates – rather loosely – to his family. As you’ll see, the tale travels most of the way across the U.S.

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In Kiswahili, they say “harambee.” It’s both an organizing principle and a tradition in Kenya, from the highland smallholds of which come the January Coffee of the Month. Harambee is the nation’s official motto and appears on its coat of arms.

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Combine –> Change –> Conquer

In 1969 there was a new baby in the house, but not much sleep. That’s when I met Juan Valdez and his wonderful coffee. Actor Carlos Sánchez Jaramillo played the role from 1969 to 2006, having taken over from Cuban actor José F. Duval, who established the role in 1958. Jaramillo was succeeded in 2006 by Carlos Castañeda, a coffee grower from the town of Andes, Antioquia, Colombia. And all three actors were accompanied by the lovable, loaded mule Conchita (“little shell”), sometimes called Lana.

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That Others May Live Free

Peaceful Retreat for Combat Veterans

This Coffee Tale is longer than most, recognizing the importance of the Darkhorse Lodge project.

Operation Enduring Freedom began October 7, 2001, in response to the September 11 attacks. It started with air strikes in Afghanistan against Al Qaeda and the Taliban and expanded to other countries. OEF officially ended 13 years later, though operations in Afghanistan continue under the name Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Read more

A Country for Adventure

Cloud forests, rainforests, volcanoes, wild water, scuba diving, and zipline tours: Costa Rica screams adventure in 12 different climate zones. Plus, a 1989 law made it illegal to grow bad coffee – at least until the 30-year ban was lifted.

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Forging Flavor

Some people quickly earn your respect and regard. Patrick Roehrman of MT Knives is one of those for me. So, on the path to discussing September’s Coffee of the Month, let’s hear some of his story.

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