Welcome to "Coffee Stories." Everyone is encouraged to write about their experiences "over a cup of coffee" and submit them to be featured stories. In this featured section, we have gathered up some of the most insightful write-ups. We look for stories that involve unique topics that support our belief that "Anyone Can Meet Over a Cup of Coffee, And Anything Can Happen."
Around this time last year, Oded and I were just wrapping up our whirlwind 5 month backpacking trip across parts of the East. It was a colorful and memorable experience, travelling from more modern countries like Thailand to less "touched" countries like Burma / Myanmar. Towards the end of trip, we were exploring parts of China and this is where we met our interesting interviewee, Janne, and his girlfriend Xian.
When you meet Janne (especially in China), he has a fairly distinctive and striking appearance. He's a tall Swede with a big smile and when we met him, he and Xian were carrying around a type of bag I had never seen before in my life. It looked like a heavy duty water-proof laundry bag. I knew they must be 'special' hard-core travelers, but as we spoke some more, it became clear that the couple were seriously active and outdoorsy.
For anyone who has a passion for travel and coffee, this interview with James from Nomadic Notes is a must-read! A self-described "digital nomad" and "coffee nerd," James has been travelling the globe for almost 20 years and dedicates a sizeable portion of his travel blog to his coffee adventures. We came across Nomatic Notes when browsing the web for inspiring travel destinations, and we had to get in touch with him once we discovered his coffee addiction! Our interview with James touches on a number of his unique coffee finds, but be sure to visit his blog for the full spectrum of his fascinating coffee and travel experiences. Read on to learn about this world traveller and get inspired to take-part in the various coffee cultures around us!
Have you ever sat down and really appreciated your cup of coffee? How it tastes, how it made you feel? Ever wondered the lengths it took to give you that sentiment? How we captured something so powerful, so essential to our daily lives, and exchanged it for cash to put into our bodies?
Equal Exchange is showcasing a Biosphere Reserve Series, a mini- documentary that gives viewers a glimpse of how and why coffee from some of the most wondrous and wild corners of the globe is so extraordinary and should not be taken for granted.
Founded in 1970 when a group of Peruvian coffee farmers in the Lake Titicaca region came together to avoid selling their beans to exploitative middlemen, and instead process and export their beans collectively, the CECOVASA co-op, still includes mostly Quechuan and Aymara indigenous people near the Bahuaja-Sonone National Park and the Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve as well as neighboring farms. A small group from their coffee team recently journeyed to the source for the third coffee in a Biosphere Reserve Series, the appropriately named Organic Expedition.
My first real job after college was as a morning newscaster at a small radio station in upstate, NY. After being there for a year or two, I got promoted to news director, which was a mixed blessing. Although that new job title looked good on my resume and provided a few extra dollars in my paycheck, there was one major disadvantage: It required me to get up early--real early! Not only that, but my first newscast of the day was at 5:30 every morning. That meant I had to sound coherent, awake, and reasonably articulate at a time when every fiber of my being told me I should still be nestled in a warm blanket--preferably in a deep, REM state of sleep. I've never been a morning person, and this routine of having to get up so early and pretend that I'm a future Walter Cronkite was something I was extremely unsuited for. In retrospect, the main thing that got me through the experience was coffee!
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