August 2017

Gold Mountain Updates: Reflections

2017-08-03T12:07:39+00:00

For the most part, this past week was work as usual.  I was invited to another cupping session with Ben Weiner on Monday.  After the session, I was brought back up the mountain on the company pickup accompanied by a bed full of coffee chaff.  Many of this will simply be composted, while others [...]

Gold Mountain Updates: Reflections2017-08-03T12:07:39+00:00

July 2017

Gold Mountain Field Report: A Look at the Gold Mountain Family

2017-07-26T14:55:24+00:00

  What a week!  This week started just as all my previous weeks have.  Tuesday, I continued weeding the viney plants running through the arranches or ground cover of the garden.  These viney plants which I believe are a type of wort, are quite a pain to effectively remove.  I feel like I [...]

Gold Mountain Field Report: A Look at the Gold Mountain Family2017-07-26T14:55:24+00:00

Gold Mountain Field Report: Todo Es Tuani

2017-07-25T12:38:06+00:00

My spanish is still pretty bad, but I know it’s improving when I can hold conversations with my coworkers for most of the day. I’ve been finally learning more about them instead of just awkwardly smiling, shaking their hands and giving them a timid “buenos dias” every morning. I’m not usually one for small [...]

Gold Mountain Field Report: Todo Es Tuani2017-07-25T12:38:06+00:00

Gold Mountain Field Report: Noise and Perspective

2017-07-25T12:38:06+00:00

At home, I find I need noise to fall asleep.  Usually the din of traffic outside is enough but sometimes a little music or white noise is necessary.  Here the constant noise of the waterfall and frogs nearby fill the silence until roosters wake me up.  Soon after the rooster's call, the Thrushes start to [...]

Gold Mountain Field Report: Noise and Perspective2017-07-25T12:38:06+00:00

June 2017

Gold Mountain Field Report: Week 4

2017-07-25T12:38:06+00:00

When I wake up every morning, the first thing I do, even before putting on my glasses, is open the window.  There are shutters that open inwards, so I swing them open.  Often, I'll find a few moths and other insects, but every few days, there's a small lizard sunning itself and soaking up the [...]

Gold Mountain Field Report: Week 42017-07-25T12:38:06+00:00

Gold Mountain Field Report: Saplings and Stray Dogs

2019-03-01T00:45:54+00:00

The power goes out here every so often.  Usually for only a few minutes at a time.  Luckily this hasn't happened in the middle of my cooking time yet.  Many of my meals here consist of rice made in a rice cooker, so that wouldn't be ideal timing.  As with many things, I've been making [...]

Gold Mountain Field Report: Saplings and Stray Dogs2019-03-01T00:45:54+00:00

Gold Mountain Field Report: The Land of Perpetual Spring

2017-07-25T12:38:07+00:00

Every morning, a repurposed school bus drives slowly down the mountain from the community I live in. The driver, who I swear I saw drinking out of an old oil canister, blares the train horn that’s been added to the bus as he ambles down the hill. This happens at 6:30 am. Every day. [...]

Gold Mountain Field Report: The Land of Perpetual Spring2017-07-25T12:38:07+00:00

Field Report – Gold Mountain

2017-07-25T12:38:07+00:00

Buenos días from Nicaragua! This morning, I took a bus packed full of people from my room to Matagalpa. I'm writing to you from the office of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers. My room here is not too far from Finca Idealista, Gold Mountain’s coffee farm. Behind it is a small coffee museum with labelled coffee [...]

Field Report – Gold Mountain2017-07-25T12:38:07+00:00