Damian and I do love our coffee and I remember my brother buying me a coffee bean grinder when I was a skint student and I still love using it today. There is nothing nicer than the smell of fresh coffee beans and when they are covered in chocolate – even better!
So when we got the chance to visit a Costa Rican coffee plantation in Monteverde, we knew it would be a fab experience and as it is Fairtrade Fortnight, it seems an appropriate time to inspire you to buy Fairtrade coffee next time you do your shop.
Cafe Monteverde is a co-operative run by several families and the highlight of this coffee farm is the sustainability of it. The pigs supply gas, an exercise bike supplies power and the coffee pickers are paid a much higher wage than the base level.
As part of the tour we got to blind taste 5 different coffee varieties. First by smell and then by taste. There was a whole science to this and we were amazed how different the roasting could affect the taste. We thankfully ranked the ‘supermarket’ coffee blend as the worst and came home with our very own Cafe Monteverde coffee beans for our Sunday morning treat.