This is a weaver in the market town of Pisac, which is the first stop below Cuzco heading into the Sacred valley towards Machu Picchu.
Have a wonderful week.
This is a weaver in the market town of Pisac, which is the first stop below Cuzco heading into the Sacred valley towards Machu Picchu.
Have a wonderful week.
Below is a look back to gathering rubber in Peru. The rubber capital of the world until 1912 was Iquitos, which today is the largest city in the world without road access (420,000 population.)
Happy Monday in Advent. Have a great week!
A week after Thanksgiving already. Here’s a look back:
Cyber Monday! I think you need more coffee…Enjoy…
Monday, Thanksgiving week. Shopping today before the feast, and maybe later after if we dare…
Here’s a look back to 1948:
After a wonderful weekend which included the Yucca Veterans’ Day parade & our Yucca Area Arts Council garage sale, it’s back to the grind. May we all have a good week…
Here’s a few more for your reading pleasure:
Thursday’s look back to the wharf at Callao:
Another look back: the Peruvian coastline before all the modern shipping/loading machines came. Happy November!
Last Monday in October…Happy Halloween!
Here’s a look back at an old Llama pack train…
When one makes that “bucket list” trip to Peru and Machu Picchu, we recommend flying to Cuzco and immediately traveling into the Sacred Valley which is lower in elevation. Unless you are accustomed to high elevations, Cuzco may be a bit overwhelming at over 11,000 ft elevation (3,400 m.)
After your journey to Machu Picchu, you should return to Cuzco (hopefully more acclimated to the elevation,) and check out this historic city.
Here’s a picture from the Cuzco Museum of Art:
Here’s a few links for your weekend reading pleasure:
Peruvian skeletons show ritual violence (self loading video)
Here’s a classic from Lima:
Happy Monday one and all!
A look back to the Sacred Valley between Cuzco & Machu Picchu.
Have a great week!
Here’s a vintage photo taken in 1968 by Julio Carbacho Photography. (Via Cardcow)
Monday’s look at Machu Picchu. This masked traveler joined us on our journey.
Monday Monday, can’t trust that day…but you can trust Machu Picchu to always amaze.
Here’s a vintage photo from the “floating islands” near Puno, Peru.
Monday again. May you have great coffee & better health…
Vintage photo from Barranco, which today is an artist district. Always fun to visit…
Good Monday morning! Here’s sending prayers, good thoughts, and best wishes to all our friends in Florida.
Happy Thursday, and have a nice weekend too!
Embroidered Viva Peru from 1917 (via Cardcow)
Happy Labor Day one and all. As one who labors often, it is nice to have a quiet day. Enjoy!
Happy Labor day weekend to all! Here’s some reading tidbits. Enjoy, and be safe out there!
Make Cold Brew at Home
Coffee & Chocolate Exhibition 12/3-12/6/17 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
If you’re over 45, drinking coffee reduces mortality (self starting video)
Micro Coffee Festival Brazil September 27-28 Franca, Brazil
California Initiative would legalize psychedelic mushrooms (In Amsterdam, it already is, and has been for years.)
Coffee Fest Portland, OR October 13-15
Peru’s Coffee production showing increase through 2017
Another look back. This is a picture that includes the comet of 1901. For more about the great comet of 1901, see here.
The Exposition Palace:
And it’s not even Monday.
It’s been a crazy week since we returned from Wyoming & the lovely Shoshone National Forest to see the Great Solar Eclipse 2017. We’re trying to keep up with a variety of work related projects, family issues, and just the normal day to day stuff. Watching the news seems mesmerizing as we watch the destruction and displacement of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Daily temperatures have been climbing to 105F, and our brains have turned to mush, hence the tardy post.
We’d like to share our recent adventure here…
Before The Eclipse
We made our way to Wyoming with a side detour to Bryce Canyon National Park. It had been a while, so we had forgotten the grand beauty of the area.
After a night there, we meandered to Green River, Wyoming for a rest before “heading into the wild.” Read more
Thursday already? Sheez, I have too much to do…enjoy & have an amazing weekend.
Here’s an old shot of the Plaza de Armas in Lima. It’s a historic and delightful place.
Here’s another Thursday look back. We’re off to Wyoming, and the total solar eclipse. Have a good weekend!
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?
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