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Trip to origin - El Salvador | ServeCoffee.com

October 10, 2015

In September, I visited our Mission Direct contacts in El Salvador and Honduras.  While not a peak time such as during coffee harvest and processing, we were able to meet those who provide services in the coffee growing regions.

This post is related to our time in El Salvador.  A separate post will highlight our time in Honduras.

Life Song for Orphans has a program to adopt an orphanage.  One of the ideas is to personally visit the orphanage at least once.  This was our version of this concept. Because of our coffee contacts, we were able to visit an orphanage and a deaf school plus the Coffee Quality Council in El Salvador, then a remote medical clinic, children's home, and national coffee quality facility in Honduras.

El Salvador

An orphanage

 

A deaf school

 

and two of the brothers who assist with the orphanage and deaf home.

When we give back to people supporting coffee growing regions, this is where some of the giving goes.

Coffee Quality Council in El SalvadorConsejo Salvadoreno Del Cafe

To guarantee coffee quality, El Salvador samples and grades coffee before export. From what I understand, only coffees graded at least an 80 can be sold to international markets.  Consejo Salvadoreno Del Cafe, and representatives like Oscar, work with growers to improve their growing practices and milling processes.  He has worked with Hogar De Ninos for years and continues to help them produce exceptional coffees.

One of our gracious hosts, Oscar Machuca

A generous gift - The 2015 Cup of Excellence Winner, Pacamara Honey that scored 93.

Other points of interest

Besides an orphanage and a deaf school plus the Coffee Quality Council in El Salvador, our host also took us to El Boquerón National Park and Lake Coatepeque, a beautiful volcano and lake in El Salvador.

The volcano

 

and the lake

After such a wonderful experience, I hope to get back in 2016.  





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