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2014 Origin Field Lab: Nicaragua
Lab Dates: Monday, February 3 – Friday, February 7, 2014
Since 2004, Counter Culture Coffee has hosted an Origin Field Lab in Nicaragua. On this week-long trip, students participate in each step of the coffee production process at origin – from harvest to export – and learn about the benefits and challenges of building long-term coffee relationships.
The 2014 Origin Field lab will cover the complexities of contemporary coffee farming in general, and in Nicaragua, in particular, and visit farms of varying size to observe similarities and differences in production models.
Lab topics will include coffee botany, organic agriculture, coffee processing, the structure of coffee cooperatives, milling and exporting, and Nicaragua’s socio-political history as it relates to the coffee industry.
The group will travel from the capital city, Managua, to communities in the Madríz region, where the Cinco de Junio coffee cooperative – a Counter Culture partner for the past four years – is located; follow the coffee processing route to Ocotal to tour a dry mill and export facility; and continue on to Matagalpa to tour the Selva Negra coffee farm and ecolodge – an internationally renowned model of eco-conscious farming.
Lab Cost: $1,800 ($1400 for Counter Culture's exclusive wholesale customers) *The cost of the lab includes all lodging, transportation, lab materials and meals – with the exception of alcoholic beverages – while in Nicaragua. Participants are responsible for purchasing their airfare to Managua, Nicaragua.
Space is limited; applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the lab is full, or until December 1, 2013, whichever comes first.