Coffee, Coffee, Everywhere And Not A Drop To Drink?

So the challenge today is to use a phrase repeatedly in our writing, so let’s see where this goes.

Olmedo coffee drying for instant of coffee blends.
This is NOT Specialty Coffee, but this is what is used for Instant Coffee!

If we were having a cup of coffee right now, you would be sitting at a location here in Quito, Ecuador where a good cup of Americano is served.

If we were having a cup of coffee right now there’s good bet we would be discussing the recent earthquake all the events that have taken place surrounding those in the last 3 months.

If we were having a cup of coffee right now, another topic of discussion would be the activity of Mt. Cotopaxi and it’s continued activity. Even though it is far less than 6 months ago, there’s still something going on deep down inside.

If we were having a cup of coffee right now, you would be experiencing coffee that has yet to be discovered in the U.S., a country that consumes 25% of all the coffee produced globally. How do you figure this coffee is not there?

If we were having a cup of coffee right now it’s just possible that I roasted this coffee and invited you to our home to sample it.

If we were having a cup of coffee right now, you may discover coffee in a way you have never tasted before. It would be offered without cream or sugar, challenging you to taste coffee for perhaps the very first time in your life!

If we were having a cup of coffee right now I would be explaining why this coffee has not gained major representation in the U.S.

If we were having a cup of coffee right now, You would be hearing about a few efforts that work directly with the coffee producers in Ecuador rather than through coffee importers.

If we were having a cup of coffee right now, it would become clear for perhaps the first time how coffee farmers are abused by “middle men” that profit without investment reducing potential earnings for the farmer.

If we were having a cup of coffee right now, you would learn that a pound of specialty coffee selling for $15.00 per pound in the U.S., sells for perhaps $2.00 per pound green and ready for export. This means that the coffee has been hand harvested, depulped, washed to remove excess pulp, dried, hand sorted to remove broken and inferior beans, and stored ready for export or internal sales.

If we were having a cup of coffee right now, the opportunity to see how coffee farmers live, would create in you a vision of just how these people and communities are abused by the most traded, consumable commodity in the world.

If we were having a cup of coffee right now, chances are you would be taking back several pages of coffee from Ecuador to present as gifts to your coffee loving friends, and sharing the story of how this coffee never really gets to the U.S.

If we were having a cup of coffee right now, there would be a completely different attitude about the coffee you drink at home and where you get it, as well as it’s origin.

Yeah, if we were having a cup of coffee right now, but we’re not, because you’re not here, your understanding of coffee would take on a whole different meaning.

All this coffee talk has me primed for another cup. I think I will!

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Alan is retired and resides in Quito, Ecuador. Writing is a passion which has resulted in two eBooks thus far, with more in the works. Married 47 years with four sons and 13 grandchildren, provides potential grist for the mill! Alan is a charter "Boomer", a Viet Nam veteran, committed to roasting his own coffee and writes about whatever pops into his mind. He loves to build and ride recumbent bikes, play racquetball, writes almost daily, travels Ecuador, and talks to anything that does not move fast enough! The twinkle in his eye is a combination of the sun, and an active sense of humor. His desire to encourage others to write is being answered through his articles on the Internet.