We wound up getting in late after a long day in the hills, and by the time we finished dinner we were all ready to crash.
But we woke early this morning for the last day of work. Matt and Alyssa headed to the nearby community of Jinotega to conduct another interview with a social service agency that works with coffee communities, while Mike and Polina headed west to the town of Leon. I'm back at HQ, meanwhile, working on a narrative summary of the trip in order to create a concise media report to help people outside AMRDI understand just what #CoffeeLives is and why it matters. Matt and Alyssa should be back soon, and then we've got one night left before we make our way to Managua and the trip officially closes.
It's been remarkable to sift through the on-the-ground view of coffee production. We've been invited into homes, shared coffee and held long conversations about what it's like to live at this end of the coffee supply. There have been complications — rural mountain communities are not easy places to work — but those have been easily carried by the warmth and interest of the people we've been working with.
This has been a solid foundation for #CoffeeLives in Nicaragua, and we will be back soon, and presenting our findings to industry and consumers soon, as well. Stay tuned!