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Day two or three or I don’t know any more, lets say the next instalment

Sorry for the lack of updates, I’ve been writing but no internet connection has stopped me posting.

So today was visiting two farms managed by one person. He has another farm but this one was too far out.  The man, Rony Ascencio and a realy cool host. On the way to the farm we stopped of at a roadside café that is far nicer than any roadside café in the UK. Lots more eggs but not as good as the Las Nubes eggs but right up there 

The first farm is one that he’s taken over recently in the past few months. Its been producing OK coffee but Ronys task is to make it produce awesome coffee. This is done buy looking at every component and look at how things can be done better. This may be adding or reducing shade, or increasing drainage, ripping out plant stock and replacing, observing soil content and use of fertilisers and pesticides. I’m firmly of the opinion that the use of pesticides is a good thing if it helps production and is used as little as possible but as much as necessary.  Organic is great but for some people unobtainable and cost restrictive. It also means the market would have to bear the brunt of these costs, which is unnecessary as long as the rules are followed

Anyway off track, the farms were great to see the people SOOOOO NICE. I have a new friend in mi amigo, the little one who chatted away in Spanish to me (see photo below). The food that was put on for us amazing, I don’t think I’m going to be able to fit in one of those airline seats for the journey home.

Good times but lots of bus journeys and lots of rain. Now we are on our way back to Guatemala city, to be based around that area for a couple of days, updates to come.
Rony Farm
Rony Farm 2

Rony Farm

6 Comments

  1. Mate, it looks like an amazing trip ….. don’t forget to bring us back some amazing coffee too ;). Have fun 🙂

  2. hi steve
    what a great adventure!!
    one question… how do the majority of guatemalans brew their coffee ???
    keep up the good work

  3. Kinda amazin to see what your up to Steve! So exciting to see some of the life behind the beans! Everybody loves Guatemalan above the others I’ve put out there, so thank some of them coffee dons for us!

  4. Hope you are having a better week than us as the British weather has hit with a vengence today……
    We were even evacuated from the roastery because of a fallen tree by two nice police people and all of the orders went out before we left….Thats dedication for ya 🙂

  5. 😉
    Sarah …. never mind Mr Leighton messing around in the sun avoiding bursting into flames without his factor 40.
    your the real trooper here ……. keep those orders a flowing, just like the wartime blitz, my granny would be proud…!! 🙂

  6. Steve, I think you need to stop the eggs for a bit…
    Stuck in Belfast airport after the N.I regional which was won by Se Gorman closely followed by Jon Armstrong. Well done!

    Wish I was in Guatemala.

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