Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Coffee day on a Road Scholar inter-generational adventure

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A different sort of coffee truck
Watercolour and crayon
©2011 Charlene Brown
We’ve all heard great things about shade-grown coffee – well, here’s another one. If you’re going mountain climbing on a coffee plantation, a shady one can be wonderfully cool on a hot July day in Honduras! I should mention we didn’t actually climb up the mountain, but were taken up in the truck you see here (first coffee truck we’d ever seen with seating for 25). At the top the kids planted a couple of dozen coffee bushes, sort of ably-assisted by all of us grandparents – it couldn’t have taken us more than 10 times as long as the regular workers…  Then we climbed down 1143 steps carved into the steep slope, through a jungle ravine past lush coffee and flower gardens to the processing area, where we had a picnic of hot tamales and coffee (what else?) beside this waterfall.