Roasting Coffee in the Highlands of Costa Rica

 

Getting coffee to your morning cup is a lot more work thank most would imagine. It's a very therapeutic process when your spend hours upon hours shelling, roasting, grinding, and packaging it daily. There is a lot more that goes into it before it even reaches that point, though. When I volunteered on a coffee plantation in Monteverde, I was lucky to be able to experience the process in its entirety.

We spent long mornings planting the coffee plants while singing Spanish songs with the locals, and 6 hour days picking the beans while getting to know other volunteers from all over the world. You simply can't go without deep and meaningful conversations when spending so much time in a field. These were some of the best moments in my life so far, and I don't go a day without wanting to go back. 

Below I have added photos from the roasting days, and I'm incredibly proud of them. This is the kind of photography I love, capturing authentic moments of travel and culture. Let me know what you think in the comments :)