Monday, February 23, 2015

Coffee Picking Season in San Isidro de Grecia

Not much happened this week. It looks like coffee picking season is still under way here in San Isidro de Grecia. The trucks full of workers climb the mountain every morning at sunrise. Our neighbors picked for a few days in our fields and even let their kids help, paying them a whopping 1 mil ($2 US) per bucket, but their buckets were much smaller than the adults. Sara and Max both asked if they could join in on the fun, although I found more coffee beans in the washing machine than I bargained for. Yes, apparently, nobody gave them a bucket, so they stuffed their pockets full of beans and went about playing as if they would magically disappear. That is what I get for being in a rush to do laundry and forgetting to check all pockets! I thought I was smarter yesterday when I gave Sara my yellow bowl, but no, she spilled them all and left my bowl in the coffee fields. We have had that bowl for at least 100 years, so we all went searching for it, mainly to teach her a lesson. I think we are the only people in Costa Rica that should have paid money to pick beans! 
While Matt and I were smoking jerky, the kids were working hard in the coffee you can believe it:) It kept them busy and they definitely felt important, so after a long day of picking coffee beans, we decided to reward everyone with a "Macho", a local favorite of our Carne Rico Beef Jerky rolled inside a tortilla, hot off the smoker. 
It is the little things in life that put a smile on our faces - great beef jerky, happy kids, gorgeous sunsets and a little hard work! Pura Vida!

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