Just for fun & a coffee story
In the month of February we were able to fly to Costa Rica for a few days and spend some precious time with family & friends. This video is a compilation of many short videos I took during our trip, just for fun!
While in Costa Rica there was only one thing my husband asked me and that was: let's go to a coffee plantation. It had been a good six to eight years since I visited one myself. And there was one thing for sure, we should avoid all the tourists and go somewhere different. I googled around and found a place in the city of Atenas, a small organic coffee farm, that everyone in TripAdvisor was commending.
I tried, really I tried. To call 139390 times the number on their website, but nobody answered ever. There was a calendar with all the "coffee tour" appointments and we decided to simply show up on one of those dates.
There was a lovely traditional and picturesque costa rican house in the entrance. Under the scorching sun, the fresh batch of harvested and washed beans lied on the drying open-air process right there as well, but no one on sight. After waiting for thirty minutes (I was convinced we missed the tour time and the group would eventually come back), I started to ring bells on the neighboring houses.
Long story short, the tour guide had no appointments for that specific date and therefore was not around. But the very kind wife of the owner of the farm offered the option of doing the tour instead with her husband who was currently working there with a group of american students. Some of them were happy to volunteer for translation as well.
We sat down with this man, heard the story of how all begun, tasted three different kinds of roast, talked about nature and God... our tour slowly became an intimate insight into his work and purpose of life.
While walking in the thin trails in the plantation with the warm wind blowing through the coffee leaves, I got a great sense of satisfaction. To be there, walking over the soil that produces this wonderful bean. The bean that is part of my country's history and that has become so valued in different parts of the world.
He showed us everything: from the plague that is affecting the old harvest, to how he plans to expand, the importance of polyculture agriculture, his favorite trees of the farm and answering all the details we dared to ask.
He told us that although he was getting old, he felt completely able and joyful to work every day in the plantation. He is actually the only one there all year round. When the harvest time comes, some people will voluntarily help but the rest of the year he's trimming, watering and taking care of the coffee by himself.
Several times he was explaining something and then suddenly pausing his sentences to look up into the treetops just to express how much he learned to value simple things like the 'shade'. Because they represent an natural complementary partner for the coffee plants. Or simply to admire the flower petals dancing down to the ground as they were blown from the wind and say: "Wow, look at this".
You would think this is all so normal for a man who spends every day of his life working on those trails; but I took it as a reminder of appreciating what is usually ignored and how distracted I can be from the blossoming life around me.
I hope the sun is shining in the Atenas today.
ps. We have one or two bags of the organic coffee we bought in Costa Rica, in case you want to stop by and give it try ;).