Finding Coffee connoisseurs in unlikely places.

Yesterday I returned home from spending some time in Haiti and the Dominican Republic on a trip treetotally unrelated to coffee. I was working with an organization called Live Different. They do a range of projects from building houses, schools, medical clinics and dentist offices as well as facilitating staffing and transportation logistics among many other things.

Naturally I ask if there are coffee plantations in the area we are in so I can perhaps check it out on a day off to see their facilities as well as meet the farmers and maybe even discover a hidden gem.

On this specific trip I might not have stumbled across a coffee “gem” per se (also given that we’re not even close to harvest season), but I definitely met and enjoyed a cup of coffee with a gem of a lady.

We have had the honor to work with some fantastic people in the Arroyo Seco area of DR and I am always amazed at the ingenuity and creativity they have.

The picture above is from a coffee tree behind her house, and inside is her “laboratory” where she roasts and brews on her home-made brew bar.

Haiti pourover

The filter is the fabric from a pocket of a pair of her pants. She used a broken hanger she found on the road to create a sturdy opening with a handle.

Certainly she has not seen this “Manual coffeemaker No. 1” (which was featured on Gizmodo and will be on kickstarter in the summer of 2013.) But it does look rather familiar!

gizmodo pourover

Although we don’t always find a coffee gem in hidden places, I was blessed with something much greater, being introduced to an amazing woman with a fantastic appreciation for coffee.

They do say that necessity is the mother of invention.

awesome lady and coffee


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