I didn’t know much about coffee until I toured a coffee plantation in Costa Rica yesterday.
Coffee grows on a plant that resembles a bush or small tree. The berries are about the size of a grape.
Inside each berry will be either one or two coffee beans. The berries that contain one coffee bean is a much better tasting coffee because it has drawn the full flavor from the plant rather than splitting that flavor between two beans.
The berries start out green and will turn red when they are ready to be picked. Workers that pick the berries during the hot summer weather are paid about $2 per basket. Most workers who harvest the berries can pick about 10 to 15 baskets of berries per day, whereas the real experienced workers can harvest about 20 to 25 baskets per day.
As you can see, it is very hard work for a rather small amount of money.
Yesterday after boarding a minibus for a tour, we made a quick stop at Maxi Pali. The tour guide ran in and bought some drinks to put in a cooler.
Maxi Pali is operated out of San Jose, Costa Rica. If you haven’t already guessed, their main corporate office is an International retail company located in Bentonville, Arkansas. I think by now you’ve figured out that I’m talking about Walmart.
Tomorrow morning (Friday, December 7, 2018) I will be arriving in the port town of Puntarenas, Costa Rica (red dot on the maps). I’m supposed to meet up with a group from the ship for a 6 hour tour to a coffee plantation and a nature habitat. There may also be a chance to feed some capuchin monkeys.
Here is a Guatemalan nativity scene that I found in Antigua, Guatemala yesterday. I didn’t notice until this morning that Baby Jesus was missing from the picture, so I’m not sure what is up with that. However, I really liked this wonderful nativity display because it’s so colorful.