Each coffee bean is precious.
If I were to sum up what I’ve learned from our trip to Guatemala, it would be that. The amount of thought, care, and very hard work that goes into every cup of coffee that we drink is astounding.
Last week, we began the journey that a coffee bean takes from farm to cup. We talked about how what the plants look like, and how they’re harvested. So this week, we’re going to finish up that journey and dive into the processing of the picked coffee fruit, and all of the amazing steps that a coffee bean will go through once it’s been harvested.
The life of a coffee bean from farm to cup is a pretty remarkable one. It’s a journey that spans years of hard work and thousands of miles traveled. It’s something that’s so disconnected from our daily lives that we don’t often think about it when we grind and brew those little brown beans each morning.
When we agreed to accompany our friends from Zion Coffee on a trip to Guatemala, we honestly didn’t know what to expect . Rachel and I knew that we wanted to learn much more about the coffee farming process to broaden our own appreciation for the countless cups we serve in our shop. We wanted to see exactly how coffee beans are picked, processed, and shipped, but we ended up coming home with something much more important.
Three days into the new year, I’m sipping my first cup of coffee of 2019 (< drinking more water is top of my to-do list for this year) and feeling all kinds of energized! So here’s a little peek at how Weston and I as small business owners have been reflecting back on this year.