Yesterday I returned home from spending some time in Haiti and the Dominican Republic on a trip totally 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.
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.
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.