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Well friends, its been awhile since we connected.
Currently, I’m sitting in terminal D of the Miami international airport. I’ve been here since 7:20ET and my next flight departs at 1:30. Since about 8:30 the terminal has been full of sunburned middle aged cocktail sipping revelers. Ugh.
All grumpiness aside, I am so ecstatic to be here. I am about to embark on my first journey to coffee producing origin, headed to Caranavi to kick it with some of the folks responsible for producing Intelligentsia’s Anjilanaka mark, which I used as the primary component of my espresso for the WRBC.
My tasks here are twofold : first, I will be training baristas from local hotels, restaurants and cafes in Santa Cruz for a couple of days. Then, it will be off to Caranavi with my guide Fernando to cup some of the current harvest. I’m excited and oddly nervous for both parts.
On a side note, thanks to all who sent their congratulations on our store opening. Its been overwhelming on many levels but I think early indications are very good.
I will be updating from Bolivia on the Intelli.LA blog, if any of you wish to check in on me.
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