Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress. Charles Dickens Our coffee is slowly being moved from our drying tables and …

The Gift Of Coffee On Gaharo Hill

“How many of you have ever tasted coffee from your home hill?” I asked while requesting a show of hands. One person raised their hand. One person. Just one. Over 200 coffee farmers were circled around us at the community gathering point on Gaharo hill. It was hot and dusty. The morning light of Africa …

Our Struggle For Hope

I woke up thinking about the way the equatorial morning light moves around the dense matter of humanity. Long shadows on the ground serve as evidence that there are spaces the light cannot fill. I feel like we have been living in those dark spaces for several weeks now, all the time fighting to get …

Burundi Coffee Giveaway + Harvest Update

Coffee harvest has officially begun here in Burundi. By the end of our first day on Thursday, we had collected 4,200 kilograms of coffee cherry! The coffee was delivers by 160 coffee farming families. One third of the drying tables at our Bukeye washing station are already full. This time of year is a very …

Where to find Long Miles Coffee + Harvest

Our inaugural crop has landed in the States and it is FOR SALE! More roasters will have it in stock in the coming weeks, but here is where you can find it now. Also, if you would like to check out a story I did about Harvest which is featured on¬†Stellar, a great little app …

Debunking 5 myths about expat life

I struggle with the idea of comparing lifestyles, because that’s not really what life is all about. That said, I do often feel like the expat lifestyle is easily misunderstood. Most expats have chosen the country they reside in, some landed there by chance, and others were forced through crisis to find a new home. …

Dirt Roads And Bonus Pay Day

It was a long dusty day and we all collapsed at the end of it. We travelled from small village to even smaller village. As we did, I had one of those moments. You probably know the kind of moment I mean. Holding your newborn baby for the first time. Making a big move. Standing …

Christmas Gifts Of Inspiration

I don’t know what it is about Christmas. I put my game face on. I tell myself its “just like the last 10 years you’ve celebrated Christmas away from your family” and yet, I feel the ache of another Christmas away from the people who taught me the truth about Christmas. It’s a slippery slope …

Women In Coffee: Free Desktop Wallpaper

When Amy sent me yet another empowering email, I created a screen full of my images of coffee farming women for her because she is a champion for the wellbeing of women. Looking at all the images together made me want to have these women close to me whenever I open my computer. They remind me to be brave. I need reminders to be brave because a shrinking life is not the kind I want, as Amy is always reminding me. Maybe I am not alone and you need that reminder to.