A couple weeks ago, Rick Peyser, Director of Social Advocacy and Coffee-Community Outreach, along with members of our coffee
purchasing team, traveled to Sumatra. While part of the visit was to visit coffee farms for purchasing purposes, Rick was also there to visit with the Save The Children team on the ground and view the work they are doing with coffee-farming families. We'll post more about the work we're supporting through Save The Children in a couple weeks. To read more about Save The Children in Indonesia click here.
Below is a "day in the life" of the coffee road warrior Rick Peyser:
"I slept pretty well last night until the morning call to prayers that started at 4:45 this morning (and lasted for about 45 minutes). Our hotel is just across the street from a small mosque, with a brightly painted blue and green spire. It is one of at least a dozen Muslim mosques in Takengon, a modest-sized mountain town.
We had a full day yesterday visiting the Permata Gayo cooperative, and had dinner in a small restaurant just across the street from the hotel (next to the mosque). It consisted of hot soup loaded with vegetables, a plate of hot and spicy noodles, a locally bottled tea, and coconut milk sipped through a straw right from the green coconut. It was a good and healthy end to a long day, and cost $14 for the four of us.
When I got back to the hotel I had a message to call Win who works for Save the Children here in Takengon. He had received the short email I sent him to let him know that we had arrived and that I was looking forward to spending Thursday with him and his team. He said that he may stop by to meet us for a few minutes this morning before we head out to visit some of the communities that supply us with coffee at 9 a.m. He was very pleasant, and seems to be happy a out our visit to see the work he and his team are doing. I'm looking forward to it."