27 Feb '12, 10am

Fascinating article on the Harvest season of a small-scale coffee farmer in Panama.

My journey in coffee has not been a deliberate one. As the saying goes: «Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived.» My passion for gardens and tasting started young. Before I could walk I crawled around the garden on a hill farm in the UK, where it rained a lot, eating flowers within reach. As I learned to use a knife and fork and got a budget of my own, I tasted better things. During my 20 years in corporate life, involving long days and too many long nights, I started drinking coffee seriously. I got to drink coffee in airports and coffee shops all over the world. When I was not on the road, my garden was my sanctuary. One day, I landed in Panama in the mountains where, as in the UK, it rains a lot, but here flowers bloom all year long and coffee grows on trees. It was like coming home only better. I am now a coffee farmer on a small hill farm where I ...

Full article: http://www.coffeegeek.com/opinions/coffeefarmer/02-26-2012

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