Today, we went to the farm where Nicaraguan coffee is grown. There we saw several new types of coffee, we also were told the most profitable months where December to February. We also heard 250 people work at the farm during this time and only earn 27 Cordobas a day, which is equivalent to $1. Living on a dollar seems unreal to me but these people do it each day. We also learned that plants can get disease from mosquitos and as a result people could go hungry because they would be unable to work. We later thanked the speaker for bestowing his knowledge onto us.
We later went to a exportation warehouse where we learned the economic side of coffee. Most coffee is shipped to Asia, Europe and the US where these places have a surplus of coffee buyers. We, as a super power, may see it as helping but in reality we are hurting their government. For example, there are people who are unable to pay for education, living quarters and food because of the inflated costs caused by our consumerism. The coffee was good but several issues arose. For example, the exportation warehouse sends out millions of coffee pounds . In Nicaragua the coffee costs 90 Cordobas per pound which is 2 US dollars. But a question came to me, which was that we spend trillions of dollars on coffee but don’t know its history behind how it was made or by whom. For example, one interested piece of information I learned was that coffee grown in different altitudes has different flavors. We as the American people spend $3.50 for a small cup of coffee at Starbucks. The prices have been inflated to the point that the people in poor countries are getting poorer and it is more difficult to sustain a successful lifestyle in poor countries. My final question to us as leaders is: are you aware of the suffering the people face in everyday life, and if so, why not make a change?