I am a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. My name is Ed.
I work in the Agriculture Program working with Coffee farmers and other Volunteers who work with coffee.
The Purpose of this Blog is to:
1. Share my experience attempting to help small farmers make more money with coffee by increaseing the quality of thier first grade coffee and selling their second grade coffee roasted and ground to tourists and locals.
2. Provide some way to share my experience with friends and family so they can understand why I choose to live in Panama for three years.
For two years I lived in a one room house on an indiginous reservation, working to help coffee farmers to increase the amount of money they make from their Coffee by increasing the quality and helping to introduce new business ideas.
I’ve extended my service with the Peace Corps for an extra year to work as a “coffee coordinator,” working with other Peace Corps volunteers with projects related to coffee, in addition to working with coffee farmers who do not have Peace Corps Volunteers living
You may ask, What’s with the title?
Coffee is rated on a scale from one to one hundred. Above seventy is comercial grade coffee. Above 80 is exportation quality , and above 90 is incredible tasting specialty coffee.
The farmers where I lived in where many peace corps volunteers has the potential to score 100, and make a substaintial difference in their yearly income. However, much of this coffee is damaged
Over the course of the next year, I will be traveling around Panama working with coffee farmers improve the quality of thier coffee, sell thier coffee roasted, make their existing farms more productive, plant more coffee to make more farms.