Most of the time we have been here we have been working, but there are a few educational tours mixed in as well. Yesterday we spent the afternoon getting a tour of a fair trade coffee plantation.
David was our guide. He first he showed us the difference between the green, red and black beans. Coffee beans should be picked while red to have optimal caffeine and sugar content.
These are the baby coffee plants just starting out. They are allowed to grow for nine months before being transplanted outside. Coffee beans are picked by hand, usually by migrant Nicaraguan seasonal workers.
David made coffee for us the traditional way, using grounds placed in cotton bags with water poured through.