|Sunrise over Soledad|
It was here that I was also able to learn much more about the various stages of coffee processing from one of the local roasters, who provided a detailed explanation of coffee processing one morning before we began in clinic. Prior to my time in Chiapas, I'd pictured the coffee that we buy from the large franchise chains in the US as coming from large ranches in whatever country the coffee was being sourced from. It wasn't until living in Chiapas that I saw how all of these villagers were largely growing coffee to sell to large coffee retailers in the US. The villagers pool their coffee together in co-ops to try and negotiate for better deals. Though they drink coffee all the time, it's generally the worst quality coffee, because it's what can't be sold to the foreign markets that pay the highest price.
|Stages of coffee bean processing|