haiti: farm to mug coffee

Much of the food in Haiti is farm to table. We see goats at the market on Tuesday morning, and goat shows up at dinner that night. Almost all of the food is fresh and grown near by and with limited refrigeration, some not having any at all, it is completely necessary. Everything tastes better when fresh and the coffee in Haiti is no exception. It is dark, strong and thick with no bitterness. And the days they serve it with hot milk (sweetened condensed milk watered down)? Amazing.

This year, we picked up some fresh coffee from the market (twigs, dirt and all) and the women at the rectory dried, roasted and ground the beans for us. I wish you could see how finely ground this coffee is – finer than anything I have ever seen! And all done by hand. No fancy coffee grinders here – just a heavy hand and lots of love.

Beans by the scoop

Outside drying

Freshly ground coffee beans – as fragrant as you can imagine

2 days and 2,196 miles later I’ve got fresh Haitian coffee – at home. I’m just missing one thing:


  1. says

    I am sure the coffee is amazing…but I could see how it would be less without
    that precious little one and those you came to know :)
    I read through your 2009 trip (so I could catch up)…I imagine that these people have left such an impact on you, but wow the impact you have left on them.
    It always amazes me that those that have so little themselves, always seem to have the most to give. You have portrayed their spirit and generosity in a most touching manner.
    I look forward to hearing more from your recent trip :)
    P.S. sorry this is so long… I booked marked the charity to take a look at :)

  2. says

    I love hearing about your coffee experience. What great pictures and the coffee looks amazing! The grind reminds me of what we drank in Brazil and I brought the milk, or cafe com leite, habit home with me. Although, I absolutely love the sweetened condensed milk version too. Probably a good thing I didn’t bring that habit back home. At least on a regular basis. ;) What a cutie!

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