For many people coffee is more than just a hot beverage. It’s a way of life. Have you ever wondered about the farmers who grow your coffee beans?
The owners of Café Con Leche, Jordi Carbonell and Melissa Fernandez, as well as a barista, went down to Oaxaca, Mexico to do just that. During the trip, local artist Lisa Luevanos documented the trip. They interviewed farmers who are part of a cooperative in their community. The community hold their coffee to a high standard.
“I was struck by how integrated coffee farming was into the lives of the villagers,” said Chris Hooten of Café con Leche. “Just as the plants were scattered around their houses and the trees of the valley are woven into the fabric of the forest, the cultivation of the coffee was woven into the economics of the area.”
Now it’s your turn. If you want to experience photos, stories, chocolates and more from their expedition, you can check out Adventura de Café en Oaxaca as it is now part of the Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
As part of the exhibition there will be an event on Friday, February 10 in the atrium of the Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA).
Guests of the event will enjoy photographs, stories, chocolate and coffee from Oaxaca.
The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. The Southwest Detroit Business Association is located at 7752 W. Vernor Highway, Detroit.