Have a great weekend!
We awoke today to the news of another strong earthquake in Peru. Natalia emailed us from Tarapoto, and said that the power had gone out, but everything appears to be OK.
Peruvian authorities were scrambling to assess the damage after an earthquake with a magnitude as high as 8.0 rocked the Peruvian Amazon region in the early hours of Sunday morning, leaving at least one person dead.
Meanwhile in Yurimaguas, there was some damage. The old adobe structures don’t do well in the big quakes as this photo via El Comercio shows:
We’ve been to Yurimaguas several times as it’s a great place to catch a cargo boat to Iquitos. It’s a growing port city in the Amazon river network.
Our prayers and best wishes go out to all affected.
Here’s some more goodies from Museo Larco in Lima, Peru:
It was an exciting weekend, as we finally met with our friends to arrange for our Machu Picchu trip later this year.
There will be six of us going, so there are the many logistical concerns, and timing and coordination is critical. Luckily, our friend Pen was a former travel agent full time, and can not only organize it much better than I; she also finds good little discounts. Sometimes it means the difference between a so-so hotel, and something much more comfortable for just a few dollars more.
We stole an itinerary from someone else (here,) and adapted it to what we already know. It’s not that we’re experts or anything, but really there are only so many places that you can go to in the Sacred Valley. It ends up being 15 days start to finish, and gets a pretty darn good sampling of Peru.
DAY 1: SACRED VALLEY (CCOCHAHUASI & PISAC)
DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY (MARAS, MORAY, & OLLANTAYTAMBO)
DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU
DAY 4: CUSCO
DAY 5: CUSCO RUINS (SACSAYHUAMAN & PUKA PUKARA)
DAY 6: LAKE TITICACA TRAIN
DAY 7: LAKE TITICACA
DAY 8: PUNO –> LIMA
DAY 9: LIMA
The extra time will be spent in Tarapoto & extra explorations around Lima. I’d be excited, but my head hurts from all the planning work… It sure will be worth it though!
Sweet! It looks like we need to get our drinking going! A study from the University Of California-Irvine has revealed that consuming a moderate amount of alcohol and coffee on a daily basis is linked to living a longer life! Yes, you read that right. No jokes, no typos, this is definitely good news for all of us who are addicted to our morning cup of joe. Obviously, the key word here is “moderate”. We don’t want to you go out and drink 8 beers and 4 shots of espresso daily, because well, that would pretty bad. The study called “The 90+ Study”, started in 2003 and examined “the oldest-old” age group (about 1,700 nonagenarians) to determine what is the key to living to your 90th birthday and older.
I’ll drink to that!
It’s hard to get fresh fish, so much so that at least one chef tried to bring in some piranha.
Peruvian chef with 40 frozen piranhas detained for 5 hours at LAX.
What a drag, am I right? There’s never a seat at the Sammy Hagar/KISS/Jimmy Buffet/other celebrity-centered bar, the coffee’s expensive, the power outlets are scarce, and you can’t even get 40 frozen piranhas through customs in peace.
(Click on the link for the full story)
When we’re in Peru, we always eat more fish. The Humboldt current brings up cold water from the very south Pacific, and the fishing is good in Peru. We eat Sea Bass for $3.40/lb. It’s enough to spoil one…
Hope everyone had a good Mother’s Day.
Here’s a look back again. Meanwhile, we’re still planning our trip to Peru in October with friends. So exciting!
The wedding was delightful. So nice to see young people in love, and having a good time. Always special to spend time with family back east too!
It’s Monday, and time Machu Picchu:
Travel weekend…family wedding. Have a good one!
The excitement is growing as we’re finally actually doing some serious planning for our Peru trip in the fall. We have our tickets to Lima, and did surprisingly well on Copa Airlines. We like them because it’s a relatively quick flight, and coming back it’s a daytime flight (arriving Vegas at night.)
Leaving however, is a different story. The flight departs at 01:33 AM, so it’s a late night at the airport, and a red-eye flight. It always leaves me a little dazed, but it ends up going fast as we sleep through the Las Vegas to Panama City part (about 6 hours,) and then drift in and out from Panama to Lima.
We arrive at 3:17 PM local Lima time, and will slouch over to the hotel, and grimly try and stay awake until as late as possible. Tentatively, our friends should be arriving at midnight. We don’t have their details yet…
It’s warming up here in Northwest Arizona, but still it has been a glorious Spring so far. Flowers everywhere, and more wildlife has been spotted this year.
Another from the astounding collection at Museo Larco in Lima, Peru.
Vietnam International Cafe Show, May 2-4 Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam – Link here.
European Coffee Expo, London, UK May 21-22 Link here.
World of Coffee Berlin, June 8-10, 2019, Berlin, Germany Link here.
Green Coffee Association, June 12-14, Houston TX Link here.
Zagreb Coffee Break, May 24-25, Zagreb, Croatia Link here.
Paris Coffee Show, Paris, France May 25-27, Link here.
Coffee Fest, Indianapolis, IN, May 31-June 2, Link here.
Known for its yellow fruit in the mature stage — a distinct departure from the cherry reds of every other coffee variety — the Yellow Bourbon has become something of a coffee jewel in Brazil.While the variety has experienced major recognition from coffee buyers and roasters in recent years — in part for its distinct, high-quality flavor attributes, and also due to a collective obsession with distinct varieties for the sake of differentiation — Yellow Bourbon actually has a long, winding history of cultivation and market exposure in Brazil.
Yikes, this one got in late. Busy…yadda yadda yadda…
This is what I need…
It’s Saturday before Easter, may everyone have a fabulous weekend!
Here’s a classic poem for all coffee lovers:
Here’s yet another look back through the astounding collection at Museo Larco in Lima:
Big news today out of Peru, former President Alan Garcia dies:
Local media has reported that former Peruvian President Alan García has died after undergoing emergency surgery at a hospital in Lima, following a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Happy Monday! May you and yours have a fabulous week…
Snuck this one in late. It’s been a super busy time; we’re literally working “half” days, you know, 12 hours a day. The joy of being self employed!
Here’s some more from the incredible collection at Museo Larco:
When I gave up caffeine, the first day was like a scene out of Trainspotting. Picture a grown man balled up on the couch, sweating in November, on the cusp of vomiting, head split right in two. Then a low-grade headache that lasted for a week set in. But I was also sleeping sounder and longer, and, despite a few mornings with a serious coffee craving, I felt better. I didn’t have as much of an afternoon slump, and I was less irritable—I was using my car horn less, and I didn’t feel as annoyed by things not going exactly how I planned. Within a few weeks, I’d lost four pounds. I’ve been off the stuff ever since. Caffeine can indeed be a great thing, but it can also work against you. Your experience with the drug depends on your biology and how much of it you take in. Before I decided to give up caffeine for good, I was drinking upward of three cups a day. But conversations with people much smarter than myself—biochemists, nutritionists, sleep experts, neurologists—led to me to believe that I was overdoing it at a rate that was bad for my health, sleep, disposition, and performance.When you’ve been mainlining caffeine for your entire adult life, it can be tricky to parse out how it impacts you. Start by analyzing just how much you’re consuming, then check in with your physical and mental states. If you think it might be time for an intervention, here’s some advice on how to cut down.
It’s a glorious day in Northwest Arizona. The temperatures are creeping upwards, but it’s still very nice, and the nights are cool.
Meanwhile in the tropics of the Sacred Valley:
I promised in an earlier post to update the train schedules etc. to Machu Picchu. Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve begun to review the whole trip again as we have friends that want to go, and I should be posting something soon. (Just as soon as I finish my taxes!)
Meanwhile, here’s a taste:
Coffee Prices have been mostly falling for the last few years. After the coffee rust devastation in 2012, many farms had low production until the new plants started fully producing. Today, the struggle is to try and increase prices to a level that will allow farmers to continue growing. Via Roast Magazine:
A consortium of major organizations representing coffee producers throughout the world has issued a sweeping condemnation of the global coffee industry as the “C price” for coffee sits at historic lows.Without immediate action to supply better collective prices to the world’s approximately 25 million smallholder farmers, the coffee industry may likely be contributing to a widespread humanitarian crisis as coffee farmers abandon coffee in favor of illicit crops or migrate in search of better opportunities, the group warned today.Thirteen organizations representing the World Coffee Producers Forum — including Colombia’s FNC, Africa’s AFCA, Latin America’s Promecafe, Brazil’s BSCA and the United States/Europe’s Specialty Coffee Association — have attached their name to a declaration calling for immediate action in response to low coffee prices.The groups are specifically addressing the ICE futures price for commodity coffee — often called the “C Price” — which is widely used as a price discovery and reference tool in the creation of futures contracts for transactions of green coffee. Throughout the coffee sector, the C price serves as a benchmark that affects prices at virtually all levels of the coffee trade.
Thursday’s look back continues our delightful journey through Peru’s past via the collection at Museo Larco, in Lima Peru.
At home, it’s the slog through taxes, and our busiest season here at the ranch. The weather is summer like, and the flowers are popping up daily. Our vistas are beautiful, but our noses are swollen from the pollen. Ah-choo!
Our prayers and best wishes go out to our country friends and neighbors in the Midwest who are suffering floods this year.
Too much to do, and too little time to do it. Here’s a shot from Cuzco, in the Sacred Valley. Everyone comes through Cuzco on their way to Machu Picchu.
Have a great week…drink more coffee!
First day of Spring here at the ranch. It was warm yesterday, but today is a bit cooler. The days are getting longer, and the wildflowers are popping everywhere.
We continue our look at the amazing collection of ancient ceramics at Museo Larco:
On this day in 1971, a disastrous avalanche caused the death of hundreds at Yanawayin Lake, northeast of Lima.
The site made world headlines in 1971 when on March 18 a rock avalanche of 100,000 cubic metres (3,500,000 cu ft) fell from an outcrop of jointed limestone about 400 metres (1,300 ft) above the lake. It created a wave of 30 metres (98 ft) that destroyed the Chungar Mining Company (Cia Minera Chungar, S.A.) camp on the shore, destroyed all the mines’ surface facilities, and killed 200–600 miners.
Source: Yanawayin Lake – Wikipedia
Monday after a St. Patrick’s Day weekend. We were busy, roasting and bringing coffee wherever we went. The weather was gorgeous finally. I’m actually getting a tan already!
Our garden has lettuce, cilantro, asparagus, and a surviving tomato plant from last year that is starting to return to life.
The desert is coming to life, and Spring is coming…
Meanwhile, our thoughts return to Peru, and Machu Picchu:
“Coffee is America’s most beloved beverage – and for good reason,” said Bill Murray, NCA President and CEO (shown here). “New consumer values have changed the game for coffee. But the industry is adapting – and thriving – by embracing innovation and transparency.” From sustainability to wellness, these realigned priorities mean that consumers are paying more attention to what’s in their cup than ever before.
With its incredible geography and endless range of natural and man-made attractions – and one of the world’s fastest-growing economies – Peru has become increasingly popular as a destination for ex-pats in recent times. But relocating to Peru from the U.S. or further afield can be challenging, so you’ll need to research this in detail before making confirmed plans. In the post below, we’ll offer some actionable advice to help you complete your move, particularly in relation to shipping your car to Peru, along with all your household items. (Click Link for the full article)
It’s Monday again! Well, at least it has warmed up here in Northwest Arizona.
As always though, we’re still dreaming of the tropical weather and the vast and wonderful mysteries of Machu Picchu:
Last Monday in February. We’re going to finally see a bit of a warm-up here in NW Arizona. We’re so ready!
Meanwhile, back in the tropics:
It’s a rare snow day in Northwest Arizona. We actually have snow on the ground here at 3,000 ft elevation. I’ll stick a few peeks below the fold.
Meanwhile, here’s another look back to the ceramics of ancient Peru:
It’s a cold Monday in Northwest Arizona today. There was snow on the ground this morning, and there are still patches of snow around the ranch. (See pics below the fold.)
So naturally, we’re dreaming of the tropics and Machu Picchu. Here’s a bird not the least intimidated by the tourists. As one drives through the Sacred Valley there are many waterfalls, and much wildlife especially birds. I’m not sure what this is…
Click to see the winter mountain pics…
Happy Valentines day! It’s cold and rainy here, but we’re welcoming the rain and filling everything with wonderful rain water. The plants really do seem to do better with it.
Here’s a look back:
Monday again. Seems like these weeks go faster and faster. We’re up in Vegas today visiting family. Have a great week!
It’s cold in NW Arizona, today only reaching upper 40’s F.
It’s summer in Peru, here’s a beach scene from Chorillos:
Ah, Monday after a Super Bowl. We don’t have network television at home, but someone invited us to watch the game. It’s always nice to hang out with friends. Today, I’m feeling lethargic, and it’s one of those cold and dreary days. We may even get rain here in NW Arizona…
It’s been warming up here in Northwest Arizona, and even the Joshua trees are starting to bloom (see below.)
Meanwhile, a postcard from 1906;
Last Monday in January, hope your year is going well.
This shot was taken in Saqsaywaman. Note the ancient, but precision stonework. Truly amazing.
Quick week. Here’s a look back, enjoy!
Welcome to Monday & Machu Picchu. Stay warm out there!
Peru has recently won once again the award for Best Culinary Destination at the international gala of the 25th edition of the World Travel Awards, for the seventh consecutive year.
Not a surprise. The quality of food in Peru is oftentimes just plain amazing. Fresh and tasty fruits and vegetables, and naturally raised meats raise the bar for everyone…Congrats Peru!
Full story here.
An oldie, but goodie…
Monday & another week in the New Year. Hope everyone is off to a good start…
It’s Monday again. After a quick flight back to Lima last night, we’re in Miraflores for a couple of days before heading home. I miss Tarapoto already!
Here’s your dose of Peru for today:
Merry Christmas One and All!
Well, its Monday, and this is the new WordPress look. It’s kinda cool, but I’m not sure where the old editor went, so it’s been a little confusing. Just another Monday before Christmas…
Thursday December 13th. Just a short while longer to Christmas day, a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. In Peru, Catholicism is widely practiced, and the the 24th is the big night of dining and midnight fireworks.
Luckily, we all prefer to eat earlier, say around 9:30 pm. Eating a big meal at 12:30 am just doesn’t work for me, but we will stay up and have a toast while we marvel at the vistas above on the 4th floor. There will be displays in every part of the city, and floating candlarias in the air. It’s really quite a spectacle.
Christmas Lights Plaza de Armas, Tarapoto, Peru 2016
Monday, and Christmas is fast approaching. It really is a blessed time of year, and we wish everyone the best. The online store is officially closed; a much needed respite is upon us. Hallelujah!
How did they do it? Some things can still not be explained even now:
The race is on to get everything done for the holidays, including the practice of somewhat rusty sounding Christmas songs. One day at a time…
Another look back via Cardcow to huts along the Amazon near Iquitos, Peru. It hasn’t changed much even today. Many of these villages still exist, and are serviced by motorized canoes that bring people and commodities back and forth to the awaiting cargo boats that ply these ancient waters.
Many folks can’t get by without that cup of morning joe. But when you’re done brewing, don’t toss those coffee grounds — they can be as useful as the brew itself.
Plants love coffee as much as you do. Coffee grounds can be used as a productive fertilizer because it adds nitrogen, potassium and a dash of magnesium to the soil. The consistency of coffee grounds is also handy for soil health.
Full article from the Bangor Daily News here.
Usually, I have a black thumb when it comes to gardening. It’s not that I don’t give sufficient care, but rather that with frequent travel comes frequent neglect. Successful gardening really does seem to require nearly daily attention.
So it’s a marvel that this time our tomatoes are growing literally to the ceiling:
Yikes, it’s Monday & all at once the holidays are upon us. It’s a busy time, and everywhere we go there are lines. Patience is the watchword, and good tidings to all.
Just in case you need to get away right now…
Geez, this year flew by & here we are again at the holidays. Thanksgiving was nice, and soon it will be Christmas and a New Year. Our thanks to all who have made A Little Further South Coffee a going concern.
We will accept orders until the end of the day on Sunday December 9th. All holiday orders will be roasted and shipped on December 10th via USPS Priority mail. Green coffee orders will ship as received. Any roasted orders will ship as received until December 6th, when we’ll hold orders for the roasting and shipping on the 10th. The online store will then be closed until we return in early January. Peace and Good Will towards all; have a blessed holiday season. We’ll be sure to post pictures from the Plaza de Armas in Lima, and the Nativity Scene in Tarapoto as well. Salud!
Iquitos is the largest city in the world that doesn’t have road access. This former “rubber capital of the world” is now a prime destination for Amazon Rain-forest explorations. Loaded with faded colonial homes, it still remains as one of the best loved locales in all of Peru.
Iquitos was vastly wealthy until 1912, when smugglers took seeds to Malaysia & the rubber monopoly for Peru ended. During World War II, it became an important source of rubber supply, but faded into near obscurity after the War. In the 1960’s interest in the Amazon began the growth in the Eco-tourism industry and the revitalization of Iquitos. Today, it’s home to many expats and thousands of moto-taxis.
Hope everyone has has a good holiday season so far. We were going to send out an email to hawk our specials, but the reality is that we’re so sick of the emails ourselves that we didn’t want to add one more to the fray. We do have roasted and green specials though…
Meanwhile, it’s Monday & you may already need to get away:
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was nice for us to visit with Mom & Dad, and relax for a day. We also had a “sushi night” with some friends on Wednesday. I’m not quite ready for the holidays, but it’s growing on me.
After being bombarded with Black Friday emails, we decided not to add to the burden out there. We do have some great pricing for this weekend. Enjoy!
To understand the most pressing problems — which appear to be exacerbated by rising temperatures, erratic rainfall patterns and other effects of climate change — the nonprofit World Coffee Research (WCR) commissioned the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, by its French acronym) to classify global growing areas by climate condition, dividing regions into what is known in climate modeling as pixels. (Think of them as microlots, but for climates.) The pixels were grouped by common climate profiles, resulting in five agro-ecological zones: hot-wet, hot-dry, constant, cool-variable and cool-dry.
These zones are intended to help researchers focus on the different areas in which coffee currently grows, providing a more accurate forecast of where it might not grow in the future. Predicting how each zone would behave in response to 19 distinct climate-model projections shows that land suitable for coffee growing could drop by a staggering 50 percent over the next three decades.
via Daily Coffee News, full article here.
Have a great Thanksgiving week!
It’s a busy week, family here today plus the normal madness. Our indoor tomato plants are growing towards the ceiling! If I can, I’ll post a picture later.
Here’s a look back to the little Plaza of the Inquisition:
Monday, today is the official celebration of Veteran’s Day which was yesterday November 11th. On the 11th day of the 11th month, at the 11th hour, the “War to End All Wars” ended. We should never forget those both civilian and military who sacrificed so much only to see the world plunged into war a mere 20 years later.
The world is a very different place from my youth. Read more
Thursday, and a beautiful week it’s been in northwest Arizona. Lots of sun, and pleasant temperatures. We’re loving it…
Here’s a look back. Many of Lima’s finest colonial homes have disappeared, replaced by sterile apartment buildings. A few of the old gems still remain. Many are now embassies & commercial offices. (via Cardcow)
It was a splendid Monday, lots of things done, and the weather was perfect.
It’s a busy time, as coffee roasters everywhere gear up for the all important holiday season. Btw, coffee makes a great gift. We’ll be sending out some pre-Thanksgiving specials tomorrow. Check your email!
Here’s your Machu Picchu moment:
It’s Thursday, my how the week goes by when you stay busy. I guess it’s better to be productive than idle though. Have a great weekend…
Here’s a classic postcard of small ships in the harbor at Callao. Today, Callao is a large modern port that has contributed to Peru’s economic growth. (Via Cardcow)
Hope you’ve had a good week. We shot up to Las Vegas today to deliver coffee, and have lunch with my parents. It was fun, and we had surprisingly good luck with the traffic.
Rather than take the new I-11 bypass, we go through Boulder City the “old way.” Now with less traffic, it’s much more pleasant, and even faster than the bypass.
Here’s a postcard from Lima – 1906
Monday (it sure is.) Have a good week, be sure to give someone a big hug.
Here’s a look back at the “Avenida del Tajamar,” with an inset of the Stone Bridge.
Spinning again, we’re up in Las Vegas visiting family. Have a Peruvian kinda week…
Here’s a look back from our friends at Cardcow:
Think Peru, think Machu Picchu:
Hope you’re enjoying Fall. This has always been my favorite time of year. I do miss the extreme colors in the east here in northwest Arizona. One of these days, we’re going to make it back to New England for the glories of October.
Here’s a colonial home in Cuzco. Cuzco today is the bustling tourist city high in the Andes (3,400 m 11,200 ft) where many catch the train to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. We always head immediately lower to Pisaq (2,972 m 9,751 ft), where we can adjust to the altitude a little less drastically. If one is going to Machu Picchu, Aguascalientes (2,040 m 6,690 ft) is the closest town with accommodations and is also the lowest elevation. It’s also where the train station is, so the easiest thing to do is fly to Cuzco, take the train to Machu Picchu (the same day if you can) & then slowly work your way back up the valley to Cuzco. After a few days, most will feel somewhat “recovered” from the altitude & can better enjoy the marvels of Cuzco without huffing and puffing.
Thursday already. The days are still hot here in Arizona, but nights are mercifully cool.
Here’s a look back: “Pelicans in Paita.”
Last full week of September, and we’re enjoying the hot, but better temperatures. Have a Machu Picchu kinda week!
Getting back in the groove after a grueling week in New Mexico. We spent the time detailing everything which meant painting & staining wood, cleaning, organizing, and decluttering. It came out beautifully though. (See pics below by clicking more)
Monday, and we’re up in New Mexico working on our cabin there. It means sporadic internet, and worse yet, no phone calls. After a day or so of “withdrawal” it’s actually wonderful to disconnect… Have a great week.
Happy Labor Day!
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