Coffee and Covid - The coffee trail

The coffee trail

In our first edition, explore a Costa Rican coffee harvest like no other in history – and the impact of COVID-19 on the epic journey of the migrants who make this iconic industry run.

January 2021.

Glossary of coffee terms

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This is a list of terms related to the production and commercialization of coffee and their respective definitions. Cafeto Coffee plant. Cafetal Land planted with coffee plants for...

A harvest turned upside down

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“Gracias a Dios, ya llegó Máximo.” Thank God. Máximo has arrived. Minor Jiménez has had a long day. Last night, he set his alarm clock...

The 48-hour journey

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Máximo Palacios, 39, is a lean, quiet man with a slow smile. He doesn’t often show great emotion, but he does betray some when...

Second home in a strange land

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Read Part One, "A harvest turned upside down," and Part Two, "The 48-hour journey."   Sergio’s friends are laughing at him. As the lanky 22-year-old stands in...

What does it mean to be Ngöbe?

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Being Ngöbe is a wide-ranging, ever-changing experience. The primary requirement for a person to be considered Ngöbe is that his or her parents identify...

Making ends meet

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Read Part I, “A harvest turned upside down,” Part II, “The 48-hour journey,” and Part III, “Second home in a strange land.” It’s the moment...

Journey of a coffee bean: from farm to cup

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Most people around the world savor a cup or more of coffee each day, but the incredible journey these beans take to your mug...

The coffee dream

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Read Part I, “A harvest turned upside down,” Part II, “The 48-hour journey,” Part III, “Second home in a strange land,” and Part IV,...

Coffee micromills break new ground

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“As long as producers are not aware of their position within the model, they will not be able to leave. Because the model is...

The path ahead

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The final installment in a six-part series. Read Part I, “A harvest turned upside down,” Part II, “The 48-hour journey,” Part III, “Second home...

‘One cup of coffee can make a difference’

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A month spent focusing on the Costa Rican coffee industry and the financial struggles faced by small coffee growers would not be complete without...