From September 2012-June 2013 Rachel lived and worked in the coffeelands of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Colombia. While she learned to wield a machete well enough to clear weeds choking coffee trees, her tool of choice during her coffee odyssey was the recorder with which she recorded interviews with more than 85 coffeepeople.
In October 2013 Rachel self-published the resulting compilation “When Coffee Speaks: Stories from and of Latin American Coffeepeople” with McNally Jackson Independent Booksellers.
Since December 2012 Rachel has been a regular monthly contributor to Tea & Coffee Trade Journal, where her articles address trends at Latin American origins, certification and sustainability, climate change, and other industry topics.
While traveling, Rachel maintained a contemplative travel blog here at whencoffeespeaks.com. Posts written while abroad are available via the “All Blog Posts” button on the left, or here.
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For more of Rachel’s writing, visit rachelnorthrop.com