Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Favorite Returns to KFM, Saturday 5/24

Bolivia, roasted by Third Coast Coffee in Austin, TX, was a favorite at Uncanny's debut.  A mellow and creamy cup, with just a hint of cardamom to give it a familiar kick without that pesky bitterness; a coffee that traveled the most dangerous road in the world to get to your cup, will once again return, this Saturday at the market.

Finding New Life

In search of fertile soil, the peoples of the Mejillones cooperative migrated from the drought-stricken Altiplano region of Bolivia carrying with them small coffee plants from the town of Coroico.  In the lush, rainy forests of the Yungas region, they established a thriving livelihood.  The Mejillones farmers are now able to focus on their land and the well-being of their people, sponsoring reforestation projects, public health, education and gender equity.      

The Most Dangerous Road in the World

Growing coffee in some of the world’s most fertile soils has its price.  The Yungas Road, also known as Death Road, is one of the only routes that connects the farms to the capital for export.  The coffee must wind and climb through these treacherous mountain passes wide enough for only one car, with sheer 2,000ft cliffs and no guard rail to protect from death the over 300 souls that lose their lives here every year.

There are many things that we take for granted in our seemingly humdrum lives. Commerce is so easy; satisfaction and pleasure never unattainable. The only price we pay for these amenities is our doldrum day job labors...and we never stop to acknowledge all of those that endure so much more, just for our happiness, or in some cases, even less.