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64. Lunch at Monte Cristo

I am 10 days and about 800 long-slog road miles into a visit to the coffeelands in Nicaragua that will end tomorrow when I get on a flight home to Guatemala.  One of the highlights of the visit so far was having lunch earlier this week with Don Jaime Molina on his Monte Cristo farm.  Jaime placed second at the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence competition in April; a few days before our visit, his coffee sold at auction for $12.55 a pound.  The CRS CAFE Livelihoods project partners here with the Fabretto Foundation to provide support to Jaime and the rest of the members of the 5 de junio cooperative to which he belongs.

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