Friday, October 30, 2009
Last night I was invited by Doug Beasley to offer a lecture about my work, it was in a cozy hotel at Antigua Guatemala with his workshop students in a very warm atmosphere, after that we went to take dinner and talked about art, photography and ourselves, it was a very candid conversation with these wonderful new friends.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Today was launched the 2009 version of the acclaimed Café de Subasta by the Guatemalan roaster Café León. This coffee is one of the winners of the Cup of Excellence Guatemala 2009 contest and you can find some info about the farm that produce this outstanding coffee in a recent post. As in former years we had the privilege designing the packaging and the advertising campaign.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
My little son threw a party for his bear's birthday with all his stuffed animals, wrote a card, play with them at the backyard, shot them (these) photos and also has named it after me. They are very important for him. I think kid's imagination is something worth to support.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Ottoni kettle is able to boil water fast and efficiently as any other kettle but with a lot more of style. Although it is one of the more decorative designs by Bodum, its quality is still the highest. The kettle's body is made of 18/10 hand polished stainless steel. The mahogany wood handle is a laminate of several layers and glued with waterproof glue. A final covering lacquer seals the wood against steam.
View more at www.bodum.com
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
As almost every coffee farm in Guatemala, it has its own beneficio, these facilities are often a small buildings with no much aesthetic, they are built to work not to show off. There you can find a big tank where the coffee beans will be poured, then with the help of a lot of water beans will be carried to machines that will take off their skin, then the clean beans will fall in two or three tanks where they will stay for a day or two in fermentation, after the latter process is done the beans will go to the drying patio, where they will sun dried until reach the exact final stage to be stored in yute sacks. Many farms also raise worms into the coffee skin remainders, transforming the pulp in organic fertilizer, here you can see the soil that will be used later to fertilize coffee trees.
After our visit were done we went to a near coffee/spa to take a brunch. This is the kind of work that you don't feel like that, you feel it like fun.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Compact, lightweight and easy to use, the new Brunton Flip-N-Drip allows campers to make coffee easy. Simply boil water in the Flip-N-Drip base, attach the brew chamber filled with your favorite P11 roast and "flip" to percolate the perfect cup into the double walled insulated mug. See more at: www.brunton.com
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Tired of the same bike rut I decided this Sunday morning to give a chance to the city, so I took the paved way to the streets 9 miles and 1,500 feet down. Two of the main avenues (Las Américas and La Reforma) are closed to traffic on Sundays, so people can walk, ride or just take their pets around. My first stop was at a delicatessen where my coffee is sold, there I met the former city mayor who gladly bought an Obscuro P11 can, then I did some rounds in a residential area where I found Miguelito, a friend who was training to the next marathon in Washington DC, after 1/2 mile chatting I left him and turned to the Av. Las Américas, there I found another pal; José with his kids who were strolling their dog, then before the streets began to get crowded I decided to get back all the way up taking some off road shortcuts that finally lead me safe home. After this journey I realized that Guatemala City is still an small town.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Finca Florencia have some cafetos older than 60 years as Mingo the manager told us. Rodolfo who always accompany us in these adventures and act as a back up photographer, drove us around the trails visiting the different sections of the plantation and we walked down the spots when the going got tough. I took a pic of a small plant that is very easy to find in the country, when you hit it, it feels the threat and close its leaves very quick. Sure this tiny plant is alive!