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In three weeks, we’re headed to Guatemala to import some coffee!  Tickets are in hand for Nov 26 – 30, 2013.  So, over Thanksgiving, I’m going to meet Jorge Alfaro, a coffee farmer in Huehuetenango (pronounced way-way-tenango) and arrange for importing his coffee.

It’s harvest time in Huehuetenango, so I’m expecting some awesome photos and video of coffee harvesting and processing operations.  For those of you who know about the details of specialty coffee, Jorge grows coffee at altitudes up to 5000 ft. 70% is planted with the Caturra variety and 30% with Bourbon variety beans (pronounced bore-bone). All cultivation is managed under shade, using 90% Inga species and 10% other native species of shade tree.

It gets better

What’s special about this story is that in the neighboring town of Quetzaltenango, a new orphanage and medical clinic is being built.  When Jorge heard of it, he wanted to help with his coffee.  Jorge Alfaro is a man of vision for his country and saw a way to help.  I’ll be importing and roasting the coffee and the proceeds from the sales will go to supporting the Good Shepheerd Children’s Home and Medical Clinic.

I can’t tell you how exciting it is to be part of this project.  A couple of months ago, Dr. Robert Stewart from Durham contacted me about roasting coffee for this project.  He is the man behind the medical clinic and orphanage.  It has become clear to me that I’m in the midst of some real visionaries in Dr. Stewart, and Jorge Alfaro.  These are men with vision for having a positive impact in the world!  And I’m all about that!

Stay tuned for more background on this story.   We’re looking forward to a long term relationship with Jorge Alfaro, Dr. Robert Stewart and the Good Shepherd Children’s Home and Medical Clinic in Xela, Guatemala (short for Quetzaltenango)!

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Trip to origin, global impact