Coal Town Coffee and Tea
Homer Spit - Homer, Alaska

The following photos were taken at the coffee cooperative La Voz Que Clama en el Desierto, in San Juan, Guatemala in 2008.


The Farmer and the Bean

Exceptional coffee begins with the planting of the coffee bean. Elevation, soil, and shade all affect the flavor of the coffee.  The quality of the coffee is further determined by the farming methods used, such as pruning, mulching, and pest control. Organic methods are often much more time-intensive, but can produce higher-quality beans.

After about five years, the coffee plant is mature. Ripe coffee cherries are picked by hand and brought to a mill where the cherries are sorted, processed, dried, and sorted again. The farmers and processors put care and attention into each step, and then the green coffee beans are shipped around the world.