The hot, dark, aromatic liquid jump-starts your day. You have been drinking this mundane cup of coffee for years. Where did it come from? What is the story behind the bean? How did it get to your table?
This is the perfect trip or vacation for every coffee lover or addict. Learn about coffee from its source in the fields of Central and South America, from the plantation owners, bean pickers, fair trade farmers, and more.
The Tradition and Coffee adventure brings you to the source and tracks coffee’s role in the cultures of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama: from dark roast to medium blend, you’ll get the story behind the coffee bean.
From the Plantation to the Cup: the “Tradition and Coffee” Trip in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama
Explore the coffee industry behind the scenes on Tradition and Coffee in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, an educational adventure offered by Road Scholar, an initiative of Elderhostel – the world’s largest not-for-profit educational travel organization for adults.
The path your coffee has taken starts in the most fertile land. The beans are handpicked and cautiously processed to assure the highest quality, traveling through a scientific roasting process before appraisal by fastidious “cuppers” (coffee tasters). Visit the world of the coffee pickers, step into their homes, and contemplate the pros and cons of the social conditions of plantation life.
Stroll through coffee plantations and meet with European owners who came to Central America as pioneers to earn their fortunes. In comparison, visit tiny coffee farms and speak with local farmers who produce as little as one bag per year but through the works of Fair Trade make a profit. This journey takes you through some of the most treasured places in Central America, including these small towns unaffected by tourism.
Whether you are a coffee connoisseur or you simply enjoy your daily cup of Joe, be assured that your morning coffee will no longer be mundane but an everyday reminder of your Central American exploration.
The 2009 adventures are Feb. 19-28 and March 5-14, at $3,080 per person. For more information on Road Scholar, please visit www.roadscholar.org.
As of late September 2008, Road Scholar will not be offering the 2009 trip but please visit roadscholar.org for more details.