Location: Xela, Santa Anita
After a morning traveling by chicken bus along the Pan-American Highway, we’ll make a pit stop in the indigenous metropolis of Xela for lunch. Here we’ll join revolutionary-turned-reformer, Willy, at Cafe La RED KAT for a delicious meal and an insightful chat about the challenges facing campesinos and their struggle to integrate into the new socio-economic order.
In the afternoon, our group will travel to the community of Santa Anita and home of APCASA, a coffee association founded by former civil war combatants. These soldiers-turned-farmers perceive coffee differently: it is not just an exportable commodity but also a symbol of revolutionary solidarity. Staying in family homes, we’ll have the opportunity hear their stories and share our own while building friendships and deepening our understanding of the coffee revolution.