Monday again, here we go! Enjoy…
Peru has some of the highest train routes in the world that traverse the mighty Andes. Here’s a look back:
It’s very Monday here, as we keep working on the building that we bought in Tarapoto. I’m working on before and after shots to show the progress. We’ve been slaving for weeks, but the place is looking good!
The Port of Callao is the largest in Peru, close to Lima, the Capital. Here’s a look back before it was modernized:
Last day of July, and Machu Picchu Monday…
We’re enjoying the Fiestas Patrias (Patriot Days) here in lovely Tarapoto. For more on Tarapoto, see this link here.
For your weekend pleasure, here’s a few links:
Bonus pic – Christmas in July:
Here’s a look back at the Hotel Gran Bolivar in Lima, Peru : (Photo: Cardcow.com)
Monday Machu Picchu style. Here’s a picture taken of the monument to Hiram Bingham who discovered Machu Picchu on this day in 1911. Have a blessed week!
Here’s a look back at the Inca Throne. (Photo: Cardcow)
We’re having a lovely time in Tarapoto, although working hard. The cool nights are helping sleep, we’re very thankful for that…have an amazing week!
Here’s a look back. This was taken near Arequipa, Peru. Note the Volcano Misti. Enjoy! (Photo: Cardcow)
Another Monday…hope everyone has a super week!
We’re enjoying our time in Peru, although working hard every day. The weather is nice here right now as it’s winter and not quite as hot. Here’s a look back to 1905:
Monday, Monday… Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful 4th of July long weekend. Far away on another continent in the high altitude Inca city of Cuzco:
It’s Thursday, here’s a classic…
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. The temperatures have been as high as 115 degrees in Northwest Arizona where we live. Humidity is low, as low as 4% sometimes, so it just feels like a blast furnace rather than the drippy rainforest kinda feeling.
Thanks to the wonders of straw bale & its’ insulating qualities, we’ve managed to be completely comfortable in “the jail” as Yrma calls it.
In Peru, it’s winter and the days are shorter; sometimes nights are cooler and more comfortable as the Winds of St. John blow up from the south.
Here’s a vendor of fresh empanadas in the market town of Pisaq, below Cuzco in the Sacred Valley.
Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday June 25, 2017. Here’s a few links for your perusal:
Thursday already…another look back:
We’ve been running hard lately, visiting all of our coffee friends & getting ready to return to Peru. Here’s a look at some weaving in the wonderful market town of Pisaq (Pisac) in the Sacred Valley below Cuzco.
Posted late this week. Had a nice trip to Los Angeles, and some visits with coffee roasting friends. That part was swell, the traffic, not so much.
La Oroya lies high in the Andes, and it’s one of the towns that we pass on the way to the coffee farms. It’s a mining area for various minerals, and has recently been the site of many protests over mine pollution and strikes have blocked the Central Highway several times.
Here’s a look back:
Near to La Oroya:
Here’s a scene I believe it’s in Ollantaytambo, which is in the Sacred valley on the trek to Machu Picchu.
Another look back. Note the curious spelling…
It’s getting warm here in northwest Arizona, which is typical this time of year. Often, we’re stuck inside as the sun is too hot to hang outside for very long. Time for a nice cold brew!
Meanwhile, here’s something for your summertime sipping pleasure:
Small towns saved by legal marijuana (but what happens when it’s legal everywhere?)
First Monday in June. We’re enjoying the long days, but the daytime temps have recently climbed into the low 100’s & it’s not much fun trying to do stuff outside right now. Mornings are good though, so every day there’s some little project waiting.
Yesterday, in a rare moment of not paying attention to the desert while walking to the garden, I found myself within striking distance of Mohave Green rattlesnake. He coiled and rattled, and I jumped about 8 feet in a microsecond, heart pumping and a full shot of adrenaline. It was a moment of profound gratitude; it could have easily gone very wrong. My sense of caution is renewed…
Here’s a shot of some folks sitting on a bench to try to give a little perspective to the towering mountains surrounding Machu Picchu. No wonder it wasn’t discovered until 1911…
I hope everyone had a good long weekend, and that you remembered why we “celebrate” Memorial Day. Now, onto June; may yours be the best. Here’s another look back:
Here’s a vintage poster:
Monday, May 22, 2017. We finally started getting hot here. I’ve seen 98 degrees now. The bee saga continues as the beekeeper has “no showed” twice now. We’re looking at alternatives…
Meanwhile, here’s some incredible steps at Machu Picchu;
The bee saga continues at home. Luckily, the beekeeper will be here on Monday morning, so we can walk a little easier outside.
What started as just a few bees quickly morphed into a dark group of thousands of bees at the top of our front porch. During the day, the bees are still active in the porch, but also a large “clump” of bees has taken up residence on the ground at the edge of the porch below a Juniper tree. It’s a first for us…
We also had a recent visit from seven javalina. Below are some links of interest. Enjoy! Have a great weekend…
Coffee Improves Mood (Studies confirm, but you already knew this!)
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 3 second increments (worth the 7 minutes…very cool)
Today’s look back is a historical photo from a market in Juliaca, Peru. (Via Cardcow.com)
Geez, it’s Monday alright. The jeep began to make some terrible sounds in Kingman today, but it turned to be just something that had come loose bouncing down the dirt roads out here.
But then after returning home, the bees began swarming on the front porch…see below for today’s bonus pic!
Here’s the Machu Picchu Monday photo, a shot taken with a look at some ancient ruins above Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley:
As promised, today’s Monday surprise (the bees:)
Here’s an old postcard from the Port of Talara which is located in Piura in Northwest Peru.
Monday, Monday…here’s another photo taken in the Sacred Valley near Machu Picchu. Enjoy:
Another look back:
Gee, it’s Thursday already…
The things he’s seen…
The 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo was once again held in Seattle this year. It was another fabulous experience, and a chance to see many of our coffee friends and acquaintances.
We were happy to see that Peru was well represented again this year. It seems like every year they just take it to another level. We participated in a cupping of several award winners, as well as some wonderful naturals and honeys. It’s exciting to see the quality of Peruvian coffee return to the excellence that we saw before coffee rust wiped out so many farms in 2012. Go Peru!
We took a ton of pictures from the exhibit hall, but probably only touched on everything there. It was impressive! I had roaster envy with all of the many roasters on display, and there were so many delicious coffees for endless sampling. (I was pretty wired at the end of every day!)
Anyway, here’s a little photo blast from the exhibit halls plus bonus Pike St Market (Cupping pics toward the bottom:) Read more
Monday, back from Seattle & the Specialty Coffee Expo. Whew! We have orders, but photos to follow. Meanwhile, here’s your Machu Picchu Monday shot:
Another Thursday, another look back.
Today is the first day of the 2017 Specialty Coffee Association Expo in Seattle. Welcome all coffee lovers!
Easter Monday. May you and yours have a great one…
Here’s a few links for your weekend reading pleasure. Have a good one, and be safe…
Another look back…
Have a great week…drink more coffee!
Vintage from Cuzco…Enjoy!
First Monday in April. The year is moving by fast, but we’re enjoying a gorgeous Spring in northwest Arizona. Meanwhile, here’s Machu Picchu Mondays’ pic :
Once again, here’s a look back:
Monday again? It was a good weekend, back to the regular week. Roasting, packing, and shipping. May your week go well…
It’s been a delightful Spring here in northwest Arizona. It’s a great time to be out visiting customers and green coffee clients all over the southwest from Las Vegas to Tucson & over to LA & Orange counties.
Meanwhile, in the home office, we’re roasting fresh coffee daily for our “regulars,” and packing and shipping green coffee for our home/market roasters. It’s a busy routine, yet it’s a daily thrill to know that our coffees are being roasted and shared in so many places.
At the same time, the farmers are preparing for the upcoming harvest season. It’s still very early in the season, but within the next month the earliest coffee beans will ripen, and with that the first tastes of the 2017 crop. The Curibamba group of farmers is in the process of becoming a full fledged coffee cooperative, which allows for better shared resources, and especially important are the certifications that are feasible only at the group level due to the high costs.
It’s an exceptional Spring, and the weather has been near perfect, so it’s only fitting to share a few pictures from “the neighborhood.”
Pisac is a village below Cuzco in the Sacred Valley of Peru. They have a wonderful market in the town center. The specialty is hand woven fabrics & tapestries that are of high quality, but very reasonable. Very picturesque with the towering sides of the Andes which then slopes even lower as one approaches Machu Picchu.
Here’s a look back…
It’s the first day of Spring, and we’re enjoying sunny days and temps in the 80’s, so it’s a pretty nice time to be in Arizona. The flowers are popping up daily (and our noses are running!) Some pics to follow in an upcoming post.
It’s a great day for roasting delicious coffee! Soon it will be time for cold brew 🙂
Meanwhile, here’s a few links:
Happy Monday, first day of Spring!
Hope your week has gone well. Tomorrow is Friday! Meanwhile, a look back…
We’re back from Peru, and enjoying the wonderful aroma of fresh roasted coffee. Happy Monday!
I hope your Monday is going well…
It’s been a rainy and windy weekend, but it portends gorgeous wildflowers in the Spring. The wildflowers of the desert Southwest are particularly beautiful in good year, and this last rain should do it. Meanwhile, it’s cool here (low 50s) while it was upper 60s in Ohio yesterday…
Is adding sugar to coffee really that bad? (To each his own, I figure)
A postcard from the 1960s. Via Cardcow:
You might think that all we think about is coffee, and although it consumes the majority of our time, we do also have other interests. One of those interests is the community of Yucca, Arizona where we live. Yucca is a small town, but has a rich history and in the last few years many people have moved here, as the 150,000 acre Santa Fe Ranch was developed into 40 acre parcels beginning in the late 1990’s.
Many folks have moved to this paradise where Mohave desert meets Sonoran blue skies in order to escape the craziness and noise of the cities. The quiet of the desert coupled with the natural beauty here is an inspiration to artists as well as anyone who is creative.
One of those artists is Jim Federico who moved to this area from California. Jim had a vision of a mural for the town, and impromptu meetings led to the formation of the Yucca Area Arts Council (YAAC.) It took over a year of discussions, sketches, and planning, but we are now beginning the long awaited mural. Many thanks to all who have labored to make the mural a reality.
Work started Tuesday February 7th, and we continued on the 10th. Next week, more!
Here’s a look of where we are as of today:
An old postcard from Lima. (Via Cardcow)
One of the Seven Wonders of the World…
Hope everyone has had a good week. It was busy, but otherwise uneventful here in the desert of Northwest Arizona. Finally, the cold spell has broken and our daytime temperatures are in the upper 60s to low 70s again. Not a sign of rain in the forecast here, so our hopes of a special Spring wildflower season are diminishing. More rain, please!
Here are some links for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy.
Finally getting caught up enough to be able to start posting. All is well, and the coffee is selling. It’s a good thing, although tiring some days. We’re enjoying the recent rain & light snow dusting in the Hualapai mountains. It portends to be an especially good wildflower season this year.
National Coffee Association 2017 Austin Registration Opens (Roast Magazine)
Lots of New Roasters in 2016 (Roast Magazine)
Here’s an old photo of Inca ruins near Cuzco, Peru. How did they get those stones to fit so perfectly?
From this blog post:
Hope your holidays are going well. Here’s some holiday cheer…
After a year of intense traveling related to our coffee business, we headed south as the cold winds of December began to blow in Northwest Arizona. Just today I saw on my Facebook page that the Hualapai mountains are covered with snow & Kingman, AZ awoke to a beautiful Colorado Rocky like display.
Meanwhile, it’s tropical hot and humid here in the cloud forest of the Andes & the beautiful City of the Palms, Tarapoto. As any self respecting city, Tarapoto has a pretty nice Plaza de Armas (town square) where every year is a Christmas display.
This year was no exception, but we were surprised at the amount of lights. The municipality did a great job this year. We’ll try and add some more pics in the next few days, but for now here’s a handful to give you a taste.
We hope that everyone has had an outstanding Christmas and that all are enjoying the holidays. For me, it’s a nice time to pull back on the throttle, and reflect on the year behind. May we all share in abundance in the New Year 2017.
First, let’s start with some snow…
Snow in the Mountains – Arizona
Now for a more tropical Christmas…
Here’s another classic shot from 1960 in san Martin Plaza, Lima, Peru:
Monday, Monday – can’t trust that day. You can trust Machu Picchu to bring a little something special to your day…
Pisac is a wonderful little town below Cusco in Peru. It has one of the best markets in the country in its’ Plaza de Armas. Tucked into the Sacred Valley, it is surrounded by impressive Andes mountains. There are many opportunities to explore around, and Pisac makes a great stop on the way to Machu Picchu.
Geez, almost Christmas. At least it’s Machu Picchu Monday…
Here’s a look back at the Plaza de Armas, Lima
Update: We’re closed for the holidays. Hugs to all!
See you next year!
It’s once again the holiday season & although it’s hard to believe, it’s really here.
We’ll be spending time with family & connecting with coffee friends, please get your orders in now! Soon, we’ll be shutting down our roaster, and pulling the stock from our online store. We wish to send our sincere best wishes for a joyful holiday season & our most heartfelt thanks to all who have made A Little Further South so successful in this past year. Hugs to all…
Last roasted or green coffee orders: by 11:00 am (EST) 9:00 am (MST) Friday 12/09/16
All orders will ship on Friday December 9th.
The weekend is over. Here’s some relief…
Yet another classic photo:
Here’s a few links too:
Giant eagles terrorize Australian gold mine and take drone selfie (Washington Post)
Under the microscope: How do exporters work with coffee farmers? (Perfect Daily Grind)
Improve Your Coffee palate (Perfect Daily Grind)
Puerto Rican coffee, the bittersweet history (Perfect Daily Grind)
It’s Monday. Time to revisit Machu Picchu. Have a fabulous week!
Well, it’s a day late for throwback Thursday. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We’re thankful for all of you who support and enjoy our direct trade coffees. A special thanks to the farmers who toil so that we can have a delicious cup every morning. Thanks!
Hope your Monday is going well…
Surfing in Peru 1959…
Have a great week!
Just a few tidbits for now…
(A feel good story)
Coffee Drones on Hold for Now (Roast)
Here’s another blast from the past. Enjoy!
Here’s a few more for your reading enjoyment. Have a great week & a safe Halloween!
Coffee brewing techniques for all your outdoor adventures (Perfect Daily Grind)
At a coffee Halloween party (Sprudge)
Halloween Latte Art – Cool! (Sprudge)
Boom in the number of US Coffee shops to continue (CoffeeTalk)
Stunning map shows all the river basins in the US (Daily Mail – UK)
Here’s some of the latest links of interest that I’ve encountered:
Excellent article on how to build solar drying table (African raised beds) (Perfect Daily Grind)
Raised bed coffee drying allows better airflow & even drying, plus reduces insect damage.
A new world coffee tasting map (CoffeeTalk)
For the world traveler.
But don’t worry just yet…
Chicago Peeps, check this out.
If we don’t eat it, it goes into the garden.
Helping coffee growers everywhere.
Haiti needs a helping hand, here’s how.
Cool little guide…
Cortez Coffee Roasters in Tempe, Arizona will host a Street Market with food trucks, a raffle for a home espresso machine, and local artists will exhibit. Of course, there will be delicious coffee, tea, and fresh roasted cocoa (yum!) for your perusal. Next Saturday, October 29th. Proceeds benefit Special Needs Kids. Please stop by and enjoy the festivities!
We here at A Little Further South Coffee would like to wish you and yours a very happy weekend. Enjoy some great coffee, forget the news and relax. We need you fresh & rested. But first, do a little dancing…
The Peruvian Inti was the currency in Peru from 1985-1991. It was introduced to replace the Peruvian Sol which had experienced savage inflation. It was replaced in 1991 with the New Peruvian Sol which remains the currency today, and is now officially just called the “Sol.”
Here’s some odds & ends, some coffee related, some not. Enjoy!
Focusing on Mexico Specialty Coffee (Perfect Daily Grind)
How to Start and Maintain a Worm Compost Bin (Peak Prosperity)
Coffee & Tea Fest, Dubai UAE 11/2/16-11/14-16
Kona Coffee & Food Festival 11/4/2106-11/13/16
Here’s a few links for your perusal:
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