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:

18 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mellissa
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    That baby is so cute!


  2. Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    wow! amazing!! :-)


  3. Mo@MommyRD
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 10:46 am

    As good as your coffee is, I bet it tasted better with that little sweetie in your arms.


    • Emily
      Nov 02, 2010 @ 10:56 am

      You are so right, it doesn’t taste nearly as good at home and sans baby!


  4. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    I remember Haitan coffee . . . so good! Yum.


  5. erica
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    Awww these pictures are awesome!


  6. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

    Wow, your trip looks amazing and I bet you made a huge impact with the clinic. :) I love the pictures, too.


  7. Dad
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    Your mother and I are happy to have you back and proud of your efforts. See you and the Taster this weekend.


    • Emily
      Nov 02, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

      Thanks Dad :)


  8. kate
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

    very cool. i am such a coffee fan and am fascinated. the baby is adorable too!


  9. Katie
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing trip… And how did you not bring that baby home with you?!


    • Emily
      Nov 02, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

      Oh I was in baby heaven!!! I wanted to bring everyone home with me!


  10. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

    Your trip sounds amazing. And to have coffee that you picked and roasted and ground by hand… wow!!


  11. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

    Just came across your blog but enjoying all the posts!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls


  12. Magic of Spice
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

    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 :)


  13. Lori@FakeFoodFree
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 8:06 am

    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!


  14. Julie @SavvyEats
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

    I usually choose tea over coffee, but super-fresh coffee sounds amazing!


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