I’ll post a more complete update later, but this one photo from yesterday really excited me. My 14 year old girls were suddenly interested in cupping with me. Their new-found interest springs primarily from being at the growers’ location. Ricardo Perez (short sleeve green shirt), owner/farmer at Helsar de Zarcero, a Cup of Excellence award-winner in the West Valley of Costa Rica was also part of the reason – he spent a hour before this cupping touring us around the farm, and it was like watching my kids with their grandfather (who is also a farmer – but to be fair, Ricardo is probably closer to my age!). He showed them his compost, picked ripe, fresh bananas for them, told them the names of all the dogs on the farm, and explained how he his helping his neighbors improve their coffee and livelihood with micro mills.
The kids were actually very astute cuppers, and enjoyed a press of black coffee with us after the session, accompanied by a tamal de maicena (like a pound cake made of cornmeal and buttermilk) made by Ricardo’s wife.
Beats being home right now!