June 04, 2013

Coffee Encounters - Adventures to Origin

COFFEE ENCOUNTERS - Adventures to Origin

Guatamala - Finca La Soledad,
Antigua - Guatamala, D’angelo
As we sip our morning coffees we often don’t take the time to think about where the beans have actually come from. What makes each roaster so different? Who are the people who dedicate their lives to farming our coffee?

In the new book Coffee Encounters: Adventures to Origin, Australia’s leading roasters take readers on a journey through the most exotic coffee farming regions within Latin America and Indonesia, whilst having a stopover in Italy. Meet some of the world’s most charismatic, passionate and innovative people and learn just how much hard work goes into the cup of coffee we enjoy each morning.

Authors Jonette George & Tyson Hunter invite readers on a journey to origin to meet the farmers, pickers, importers, roasters, caf├ęs and the baristas who go to great lengths to make each coffee ritual as perfect as possible. Filled with stunning photographs and heart-warming stories of the people behind the beans, Coffee Encounters: Adventures to Origin is a must read for those curious to learn more about the origin of coffee, its people, and its travels.

Additional information

Smudge Publishing have set up the charity “Picking Up The Pieces”, inspired by two children, Melanie and Mario, they met in Guatemala. Their adopted mother is a picker on one of the farms and walks an hour to and from work each day with the children to earn an income. They live in a small tin shed with dirt for floor, no running water or cooking facilities. The fund has already gathered the support of the coffee industry and raised an initial $50,000 to go into the family’s education, with further funds to assist with infrastructure at the family’s home and community. They hope that making this small change to the community will inspire others to take action themselves. More information at www.smudgepub.com.au

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