About Rachel Northrop

With Ronulfo in Puriscal

With Ronulfo, one of 85 interviewees, in Puriscal, Costa Rica

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.

Please feel free to reach out with comments or questions concerning coffee or travel via the comments box below.

For more of Rachel’s writing, visit rachelnorthrop.com

My first time picking coffee. Turrialba, Costa Rica with Sonia on her family's farm.

My first time picking coffee. Turrialba, Costa Rica with Sonia on her family’s farm.


15 thoughts on “About Rachel Northrop

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  2. Being an avid lover of coffee, I was consumed with your story. Wow, you’re a pretty amazing person to follow the java road less followed. I’m going to go on and peruse around your blog. Thank you for caring so much as to invest a chunk of your life. Not many people are so brave…

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  4. Hi Rachel, A family member forwarded me your blog because … I owned a coffee farm in Costa Rica with a view of the Pacific Ocean. Small but special for a guy originally from Brooklyn NY. Feel free to contact me if it might be helpful to your project. All the best. Steven

  5. Really, really cool. I’m impressed by your sense of adventure. The world needs more people who are looking for “holes” and to make a difference like you.

    • Thanks for sharing! Buying things that are certified Fair Trade is one important step in the right direction, but if we do go places ourselves, how we spend our money while there gives us the chance to leap several bounds forward towards paying people living wage for the work they do.

  6. I really like that you are taking this initiative in your life. I wish I could be of more help in your adventure. Do let me know by e-mail or call me to see what could be spoken of. Thanks for reaching out to me. Best,

    Marco Antonio SORIANO

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