I’m very excited to announce that I’m in Nicaragua! Starting tomorrow I will be joining a field trip for 10 days supported by UTZ Certified. UTZ is a not-for-profit international organization based in Amsterdam that stands for making sustainable farming the norm. You would recognize the certification by the small UTZ logo on coffee, tea or chocolate packing. A lot of coffee consumed in the Netherlands and worldwide comes from Nicaragua. The idea is to share stories from the people of Nicaragua and those who are involved in coffee production. I hope you will enjoy!

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“The war in the 80’s was a nightmare for all of us. We were treated like animals. There was no education, no food, no jobs, no nothing. By the time the Americans came we had to split up our family. The boys who were fourteen and older had to pick up arms and were...

“Our coffee beans don’t have a fixed price. We’re completely dependent on our natural resources and the market in New York. This means that when the harvest is poor it directly affects our lives. We either have to cut down on education, food or investment.” Nicaragua...

“My boy is doing very well in school but my daughter has problems reading because she is visually impaired. I talked with my husband about saving money to get her an eye surgery. Unfortunately he is dealing with an alcohol addiction so that’s where the money ends up...