January 15, 2018

Finally, the day arrives. Gordon was recently in Tarapoto at the time that Segundo's entry into the police academy arrived. Watching him change out of his suit and into the white t-shirt of a new recruit signified his entry into a new life phase. For the next 3 years,...

July 16, 2017

Fermentation takes anywhere from 3-7 days depending on the amount of penetration of acid into the cotyledon you desire. During the first 24 hours, peak yeast population is obtained and during this process most of the sweet coating drips off and leaves through slits in...

July 11, 2017

Fields of cacao trees giving up their pods day after day. Freshly shucked seeds flowing into the co-op on the back of moto-taxis and money flowing out of my pockets at an alarming rate. Stage 1 of the project includes a 4-ton pilot project. The two main species that we...

July 6, 2017

With some fairly serious issues to address our work began in ernest. Cacao is a sensitive seed crop and the way it is handled from the moment it is picked is of utmost importance. It's hard to imagine, when you eat a candy bar-- or of course your favorite bean to bar $...

June 10, 2017

 We all arrived at the co-op on Saturday, June 10th. Euler was waiting for us. We met the crew and began the task of finding out what need to be done and what we could do. The cacao was flowing into the co-op and the local breed of Criollo was the main variety being ha...

June 7, 2017

Denver, Houston, Lima, a short overnight stay and then up over the Andes to Tarapoto. When we stepped off the plane onto the hot, humid tarmac, I knew we had really arrived in the jungle.

Our first stop at Casa de Palos in Tarapoto allowed us to catch our breath and int...

October 29, 2016

Segundo lives on the neighboring property on the other side of our pond. He lives there with his seven family members. From the time Segundo was six years old, he went to school in an adjacent town called Lamas. Most weeks, he would stay with his aunt during the weekda...

March 2, 2015

In February of 2015 we applied for and received a seed grant for building fermentation infrastructure. The key success of the grant was that is served as a major catalyst for over seventy APARMASH members to work together to implement a standardized, and centralized sy...

June 29, 2014

The first meeting began on the steps of the local community hall. Gordon introduced us and began listening. People filed in and the meeting began. 

Señor Leon spoke as the manager of the local bank, Euler and Linda spoke about the importance of control for fr...

June 24, 2014

Ten Days in the Jungle.

On the 24th of June 2014 Gordon and I boarded a flight for Lima, Peru. After spending a night in Lima with Sarah's mother (also named Sarah) we boarded the connecting flight and landed in Tarapoto. We were picked up by señor Leon, who we bought t...

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