“Coffee and love are best when they are hot.”
– German Proverb

Freshly harvested coffee beans at La Casona

Freshly harvested coffee beans at La Casona

Today The Condom Project team had the pleasure of visiting La Casona Hacienda Palma Escrita, a Puerto Rican coffee plantation in the mountains of Las Marias.  Given all of our traveling  and time-zone switching, we were thrilled to see the origins of the beverage that helps to keep us all going! 

While at NYU, I read that Daniel Webster was quoted as saying, “The coffee house is the headquarters of the revolution.”  I practically grew up at the coffeehouses in and around Clearwater, Florida (a big shout out to Mike at Mother’s Milk for always encouraging me to do my homework!), so today’s visit was a particular treat for me…

View from the plantation's peak

View from the plantation's peak

Carefully descending to the farm

Carefully descending to the farm

Paulos & Adrian

Paulos & Adrian

Maria and Artemio are the proprietors of La Casona.  Artemio’s father bought the plantation in 1928, and now the family resides there with their cats, dogs, ducks and a very pregnant goat.

The goat, up close

The goat, up close

Maria, Artemio and their family

Maria, Artemio and their family

The front porch and a cat

The front porch and a cat

Su casa

Su casa

On our tour of the farm

Walking through the farm

The plantation produces not only Arabica and Robusta coffee beans, but grows platanos and chinas (plantains and sweet oranges) as well.  We had the opportunity to taste fresh Arabica beans, red and ripe from the tree, as well as the same beans toasted before grinding.  We picked the sweetest, most yellow chinas and peeled them ourselves; and we sampled a homemade, bootleg liquor that is illegal but widely produced and served in shots here in Puerto Rico.  As many of you know, I have a particular curiosity for the taboo 😉

Picking chinas

Picking chinas

Peeling chinas

Peeling chinas

The illicit liquor

The illicit liquor

“Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee.”
– Stephanie Piro

“Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love”
– Turkish Proverb

“If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for
the double meaning.”
– Mae West

Mucho más pronto! xojl

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