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Growing Up in a Coffee Farmers Family

Growing Up in a Coffee Farmers Family

Johanna Duncan

Whether we like it or not, so much about us is shaped by our families. Our attitudes towards life, work, and play are largely influenced by those who raised us. Life at coffee farms is certainly different and there are some unique aspects that make child-rearing and family dynamics quite different from the more developed world. Below are three crucial elements about the experiences of the families responsible for our coffee beans.  Lead by Example They say good leaders are good learners, and I would add that the best way to learn is by example. We innately and sometimes unconsciously...

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Morning Routine: The Three Elements of a Coffee Farmer's Morning

Morning Routine: The Three Elements of a Coffee Farmer's Morning

Johanna Duncan

Unsurprisingly, a coffee farmer’s morning is synced with nature. They rise just before sunrise and get ready to touch the land as soon as the sun makes its appearance. There are plenty of benefits to this. Benefits to your health, levels of happiness, and even work performance. Hence, even if you are not spending the day in the fields, it may be worth considering taking some inspiration from coffee farmers.  Up Early There’s a local saying that goes “Al que madruga, Dios le ayuda.” meaning God helps those who wake up early. If one is to spend the day in...

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Is Fair Trade Coffee Really Worth the Money?

Is Fair Trade Coffee Really Worth the Money?

Johanna Duncan

Thrift is a virtue and one we all take pride in. We let others know about the bargains and good deals we make, and no matter how many sweet deals we have under our belt, we always have the energy to do our research and find the best deals around. Especially now in the age of connectivity and ecommerce, an extensive google search can take you very far and deep into every corner of the world, all for the sake of a good deal. But on the other hand, I’ve also come to learn that there are certain things that...

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What Encanto’s Music Tells Us About Coffee Farmers

What Encanto’s Music Tells Us About Coffee Farmers

Johanna Duncan

At this point, I’m not sure what’s more popular, Encanto the movie or Encanto the musical phenomenon. What I do know for sure, is that these songs are resonating with children and adults alike, and just like all music, these songs are filled with deep messages about life. They cover everything from patriotism with a song titled Colombia, to personal freedom with What Else Can I Do, to personal healing with Two Origuitas. And let’s not forget the biggest musical hit so far -We Don’t Talk About Bruno, which covers the complicated emotions and feelings over family secrets.  I believe...

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Why Regions Matter

Why Regions Matter

Johanna Duncan

Did you know that the exact same bean will taste different depending on where it was grown? The flavor of coffee beans depends on the soil, altitude, and minerals in the ground. The differences are so acute that even inside one specific country there can be all sorts of variations. Some coffee connoisseur spend their life traveling and trying coffee, because no matter how much they’ve drank there surely is a type of coffee they have not tried.    Coffee is more similar to wine than you may initially think. Coffee regions play a similar role to wine regions, given...

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Pour Over vs. Drip Coffee: What You Need to Know

Pour Over vs. Drip Coffee: What You Need to Know

Johanna Duncan

Drip coffee is the most common way to brew coffee but it is a recent one considering the long history of coffee. It was only in the 50s when home-automation boomed world-wide and the markets were filled with home appliances promising practicality and technological innovation. Many of the products of this time are now extinguished, but the drip coffeemaker is still fairly common and popular. This invention has endured largely due to its practicality, but take into account that it never promised to offer the best coffee brew ever. Its promises are only a matter of practicality; not to mention...

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