For a lot of people, the thought of summer squash brings to mind just a few varieties. The entire list probably consists of little yellow crooknecks and zucchini, with no more than one or two choices of each.
There is a bonanza of summer squash taste available to home gardeners. If you like squash even a tiny bit, you will want to grow your own. Fresh summer squash in your backyard provides daily fresh young produce throughout the season, the ability to eliminate food miles, and the opportunity to try dozens of unique varieties that are not available at stores or even farmer’s markets.
US Army researchers have developed an online tool that suggests how much coffee you should really drink to stay awake. The algorithm is not only meant to help you become more aware of how much caffeine you’re drinking but can also help reduce your coffee consumption.
For the study, which was published in the trade magazine “Sleep”, participants underwent several sleep deprivation and shift work scenarios. Researchers observed how their lack of sleep affected alertness and performance and how much caffeine influenced this.
In some cases, study participants had to stay awake for up to 60 hours and their regular sleeping time was severely shortened. The research team then developed the Open Access tool 2B-Alert Web 2.0 based on these results.
Have a great week…
Out of town today, late posting.
It’s been a busy time, besides all of our coffee business, we now have our Airbnb in Tarapoto, Peru (link here.) As if that wasn’t enough, our old land business has awakened again after sleeping for years here in lovely Yucca, Arizona in the northwest County of Mohave. (Link here.)
We work long hours, but it allows us to live in a beautiful place. Multi-tasking is good, but tiring.
We were able to sneak back briefly to Peru earlier in the month. We want to have everything ready for our trip in the fall. It will be our first time playing “tour guide.” We’ll be stopping by to see the incredible ceramic works shown below.
Here’s a few more of the many delights at Museo Larco in Lima, Peru.
In Peru, over 4,500 patients were treated and over 100 surgeries were performed aboard the ship. “This morning the mission ended with expected success, having seen a great number of patients and provided medical services to the community in general,” said Vice Adm. Manuel Váscones, chief of staff of the Peruvian Navy on Sunday, at a ceremony to end the visit. “The commitment of cooperation that the governments of the United States and Peru have undertaken only reaffirms the solid bilateral relations that allow the execution of humanitarian efforts like this mission.”
The ship is a non-combatant hospital vessel typically staffed by officers of the Navy’s Medical Corps, Dental Corps, Medical Service Corps, Nurse Corps and Chaplain Corps, and enlisted Hospital Corpsman personnel.
Sensory Forum, Nantou City, Taiwan July 18-19th Link here.
Malaysia Coffee Fest, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia July 25-28th Link here.
Latin America Coffee Summit, Mexico City, Mexico August 1-3 Link here.
Cold Brew Fest, Vancouver, WA, August 3 Link here.
Coffee Fest LA, Los Angeles, CA August 25-27th Link here.
Yet another Monday. While Arizona is sweltering under summer heat, we managed to sneak away for a few days to check up on things in Tarapoto, in the Cloud Forest of Peru. We have an Airbnb there, and it’s always good to keep a watchful eye. We’ve also noticed that we can get work done when we’re there, but the moment we leave, it seems like everyone forgets about us & nothing more happens. In case you’re curious, here’s a link.
Today is the hard travel day home. We’re now ready for our trip in the fall though. In addition to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, we’re going to spend some time in Tarapoto again as well as explore some famous sites in Lima. It will be the very first time that we’re hosting any acquaintances, so we want everything to be as perfect as we can make it.
Here’s today’s Machu Picchu view… Enjoy!
Brazil’s city of Campinas, in the southeast state of Sao Paulo, will host the 2nd World Coffee Producers Forum on July 10-11. The first edition was held in 2017 in Medellin, Colombia. Organizers of the global conference say the main objective this year is to look at ways to improve the economic sustainability of producers. “In Medellin, the target was to find a way to mobilize producers, to have a coordinated forum to discuss our issues,” said Vanusia Nogueira, one of the organizers. “Prices only fell from there on, so now we need to discuss alternatives to improve income for farmers,” she said. Coffee prices in New York reached a 12-year low in May at 86 cents per pound. They recovered slightly recently, mostly due to expectations for a harsh winter in Brazil, but are still at around 110 cents per pound, a level seen by many producers as unsustainable.
The months are flying by, and we’re so looking forward to our trip to Machu Picchu in the Fall.
Meanwhile, we can only dream…
According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, drinking 1 to 4 cups of caffeinated coffee a day can reduce the risk of melanoma by 25 percent. The benefits were seen only with caffeinated coffee not decaf.
Monday, Monday can’t trust that day…
Machu Picchu is still there though…
Our trip to Machu Picchu in the Fall is already booked. Now we’re just counting the days…
Have a great weekend everyone!
Another busy week here at the ranch, but we’re loving it. This Spring has been lovely this year, and we’ve had some hot days, but mostly it’s been especially nice this year.
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.
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