The Coffee Revolution
Location: Santa Anita La Union
After a unique Xela “despedida”, or farewell fiesta, complete with tipico dinner and Mayan dance, we will journey to the community of Santa Anita La Union, where we will work with a coffee cooperative run by former civil war combatants. These guerrillas-turned-farmers perceive coffee differently: it is not just an exportable commodity but also a symbol of revolutionary solidarity. By staying with local families, sharing traditional meals, and exchanging stories we’ll gain a better understanding about life in the boca costa.
We’ll also spend our days collaborating side-by-side with our hosts in the fields and maybe even contribute to the construction of the community’s new “beneficio”, or mill, where the coffee will be washed, depulped, fermented, dried, and sorted.