"On the trip to Costa Rica I had to dust off my Spanish. The coffee exporter/guide, originally from France, was translating a word wrong. We were talking a lot about drying practices for coffee. In Spanish the word ‘remover’ actually means ‘to stir.’ So, we had this problem where Sebastian kept translating farmer’s drying practices about how many times they stir the coffee, and he kept saying ‘they remove it, every two hours.’ When he should have been saying every two hours they stir it. I picked up on it after a couple of days and had an aha moment." Our Director of Coffee, Steve Hoffman, on how clutch that Spanish is when traveling to source. We actually have even started offering Spanish classes to our employees.  The coffee farms we work with speak different languages, and we want to connect with them through not just coffee but also coversation.

Have any of you traveled to a coffee farm? Or maybe you have just yearned to share conversation, not just silently sip coffee, with someone who speaks a different language? Share stories and photos please 😊.
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  • 1villagecoffee"On the trip to Costa Rica I had to dust off my Spanish. The coffee exporter/guide, originally from France, was translating a word wrong. We were talking a lot about drying practices for coffee. In Spanish the word ‘remover’ actually means ‘to stir.’ So, we had this problem where Sebastian kept translating farmer’s drying practices about how many times they stir the coffee, and he kept saying ‘they remove it, every two hours.’ When he should have been saying every two hours they stir it. I picked up on it after a couple of days and had an aha moment." Our Director of Coffee, Steve Hoffman, on how clutch that Spanish is when traveling to source. We actually have even started offering Spanish classes to our employees. The coffee farms we work with speak different languages, and we want to connect with them through not just coffee but also coversation.

    Have any of you traveled to a coffee farm? Or maybe you have just yearned to share conversation, not just silently sip coffee, with someone who speaks a different language? Share stories and photos please 😊.

  • 1villagecoffee#costarica #spanish #specialtycoffee #washedprocess #coffeelover #ovctravels #coffeefarms #travel
  • rory_monsterMy man Steve with the Spanish skills! He taught me how to pronounce Huehuetenango which I know is in Guatemala....But still!
  • n8davisSteve!
  • 1villagecoffee@rory_monster Ha! Steve is the best.
  • 1villagecoffee@n8davis 😊
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