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.

Our Burundi Coffee Has Hit The Road

Last week our small (and growing) LMCP team had some amazing victories. We have been pushing hard for many months to export our farmer’s Burundi coffee. It has been a loooooong road here in Burundi, my people. The road included acquiring 29 stamps and signatures on documents from 14 banks and governement offices.