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 Family 2017-07-26T14:55:24+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 Tuani 2017-07-25T12:38:06+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 Perspective 2017-07-25T12:38:06+00:00

Gold Mountain Field Report: Rain in a rainforest?

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

It's been raining a lot here the past few days.  Of course, one would expect rain in a forest with rain in its name.  but this weekend, it was especially torrential.  The waterfall next to my house has grown at least tenfold.  As i mentioned in previous journal entries, it is usually tranquil enough to [...]

Gold Mountain Field Report: Rain in a rainforest? 2017-07-25T12:38:06+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 4 2017-07-25T12:38:06+00:00

Gold Mountain Field Report: Saplings and Stray Dogs

2017-07-25T12:38:06+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 Dogs 2017-07-25T12:38:06+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 Spring 2017-07-25T12:38:07+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 Mountain 2017-07-25T12:38:07+00:00

March 2017

Increasing Transparency in Colombia One Lot At a Time

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

In December, our green coffee buyer Ben and bar manager Adam took a train to New York City to cup some delicious microlots from Colombia.  In doing so,  they had a chance to meet Tyler Youngblood of Azahar Coffee and hear his story.  Tyler is doing great work to increase the transparency of coffee sales [...]

Increasing Transparency in Colombia One Lot At a Time 2017-07-25T12:38:07+00:00

Rwanda Koakaka – Rebuilding a Community

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

After the conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes ended in 1994, the people of Rwanda had to focus their efforts on rebuilding the country's economy.  This created a vacuum created an opportunity for cooperation and healing between the tribes as well as economic growth and recovery.  Since then, members of both tribes have formed [...]

Rwanda Koakaka – Rebuilding a Community 2017-07-25T12:38:07+00:00