Our day spent with Froilan (coffee farmer) and Joe (excellent translator) on the side of Volcan Agua was a highlight of our trip to Guatemala. The planning and execution was effortless. The tour involved walking up to the farmer's plantation (about 40 min) and around town abit- bring walking shoes, a hat and water. This was a perfect outing for 2 families with teenagers. The teens were engaged the whole time. We picked, processed, roasted and drank coffee. Our family learned a great deal about coffee- biology, economics, local geography, and history as well as meeting locals who grow coffee. We came away with new appreciation for every cup of coffee! Seeing how a small NGO operates and can do so much positive work was enlightening. Our lunch experience with the farmer's family was priceless. We all felt this was the 'real deal' - no glam here, just extremely dedicated farmers and NGO workers making a difference. Riding the chicken bus out to San Miguel de Escobar from Antigua was an amazing experience as well. The $25 pp was well worth the tour, lunch and a bag of their incredible coffee. This coop of 23 or so farmers is making an impact on the lives of coffee farmers!!
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