Sunday, March 29, 2009

so much to say

Hello friends.

I have much good news. Some bad news. And plenty of news that is humbling.

The very good news is a surprise. The obvious good news is that I still have a job and coffee sales are good. And I tasted the coffee from the Nulio de Cafecultores de Monte Bonito and it was very good. I will release the very good news in April.

The bad news is that Lin's leg is still suspended and they are getting quotes on how much it will cost to fix it. They found some blood for the surgery (the family members are given prescriptions of his blood type and they have to go find it on their own and bring it back to the hospital before the surgery!) The other news is my coffee cupping results.

This is the humbling news. After all the work we put into better coffee processing (modified drying tunnels, strict picking, more raised beds in Los Frios, hermetically sealed coffee bags) the coffees were about the same as last year. Actually the washed samples tasted better than the pulp-natural which is the opposite of last year. This year the washed coffee was awesome last year it tasted lifeless. The pulp-natural had potential in the aroma, but it didn't hold up in the cup. Now, if you are comparing my 2nd harvest to world class American coffees, my harvest wouldn't have the body or acidity. By itself, it is not bad coffee. There is no defect. My coffees scored in the high 70's to low 80's by some very descriminating palets. There is plenty of potential I just hope I can make my coffee much, much better. The crux is not in the potential, but realizing the potentail.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

ani difranco

I just had the privilege of seeing Ani at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. While I can't share the music with you I can try to tell you what she looked like.

Ani DiFranco - take a wooden match, strike it on the box, point the match down, the burst of flame has settled and crawls up the white balsa wood with gaining speed, before it reaches your fingers turn the match back up, the rhythm isn't what you expected, it is what you sense, the flame dances as white becomes black and black light, count 3 breaths, the room opens up, the flame pushes light on you so that you see yourself in a new light, then try to blow out the match, then really take a deep breath and blow it out.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Lin is one of my closest friends. He is one of the most respected men in Los Frios. Lin taught has taught me volumes about leadership, people, money, business, life, and society. Just today I talked to him on the phone. He is in the hospital with a badly infected foot. The first surgery to fix the break left the foot bones not exactly in the right places. Now they are looking at the options. . . and there is a medical strike. Medical strike: when doctors and nurse leave their stations to protest pay or benefits. I talked to his wife as well and they are doing their best in the hospital.

If you read this please send him a thought of recovery and if you pray, say a prayer for him.