David - My Peru "Moment"

In September 2019, David (Head Roaster) travelled to Peru on a team to meet with farmers and visit the co-op. This is his experience.

 
The Peru travel team on Rahul’s farm. I’m the one with the mohawk on the right.

The Peru travel team on Rahul’s farm. I’m the one with the mohawk on the right.

 

My “moment” happened on the second day.

Well, maybe it was the second visit on the first day. During travel, days blend together and moments stick out.

The emotions came quickly on this visit. I think it was largely a culmination of talking about this trip for so long. We prepared forever for this epic adventure. (Epic doesn’t begin to describe moments of holding onto a grab bar on the back of a truck, for hours, to stay alive!)

In retrospect, getting onto the first farm was an epic moment. But the moment that really talked to me, was with Rahul. He was inspirational about how much he cared about the coffee. How much it meant to him. It was more than just a bean, or a cup score. It was about others loving his product. He lit up when he talked about that.

Rahul made Geisha coffee for us. He was really excited to present it to us. In Peru, like most of South America, they sweeten everything. When we mentioned that wasn’t typical for the way we drank coffee, they quickly hurried to make more without sugar; they were always eager to be such great hosts.

My moment was me and a cup of coffee.

But it was so much more than that. It was coffee they grew on their farm, roasted on their farm, and prepared and served to us on their farm.

I was so happy to have this cup of coffee. It was beautiful and amazing. Grown on the very farm I was sitting on. Grown by the people who were graciously serving it to me.

It was coffee, but it was so much more than just coffee.

 

 
It might be a tear of joy dripping from my nose … but it’s probably just sweat. Peru is warm!

It might be a tear of joy dripping from my nose … but it’s probably just sweat. Peru is warm!