Sinto atualizar esta página Internet tão tarde!!! (I'm sorry for the late update!)
I decided to take a tablet instead of a laptop to Brazil to avoid
overweight regarding the airport guidelines, but unfortunately it's
impossible to edit this page with android systems, so I had to ask at
Fazenda Nossa Senhora Aparecida, the location of the administration, if I
could lend a computer in order to keep you posted.
long flight from Munich to Sao Paulo, I had to take a domestic flight to
Riberão Preto. When I arrived there I was picked up and brought to
Fazenda Chapadão, where O'Coffee welcomes its interns and guests.
contrary to African coffee producing countries the inhabitants of
Brazil love to drink coffee. Normally they prepare it manual, means they
usually grind and brew the beans themselves. They enhance the
intensively aromatized drink with sugar (white or brown).
Monday, 7th of July, I changed my room located in a Bungalow like house
at Chapadão, took breakfast at the lovely restaurant there and then
Gabrinio, the coodinator of the reception, drove Pedro, another intern,
and me to Nossa Senhora Aparecida. First of all the staff introduced
everybody of the administration. Then we learned about the criteria of a
successfully roasted coffee and how to roast raw Arabica beans by
ourselves. Afterwards we were also shown how to brew coffee manual by
using filters. Although this way of preparing coffee seems to be more
elaborate, it tastes much better than the machine version in my opinion,
as the aroma has more time to develop.
Senhora Aparecida sheep, cattle, horses, poultry and dogs are kept,
too. 3 different sheep races are bred here, so dear sheep fans, even if
you don't like coffe, you will have at least one reason to come.
on the 8th of July, we got a phantastic insight into the mechanical
harvesting process. If you stood on top of a harvesting machine you
would see that all the hills are covered by coffee plants.
also cares for the conservation of biodiversity. Rare animals spotted
on the farms are put on a list continuously mentioning the exact time
and place they are seen. With this information the company champions
their habitat and welfare.
to admit that it's a bit difficult to understand everyone, as I began
learning portuguese in the end of 2013, but the best way to improve your
language skills is travelling to the country speaking this language and
get used to its sound. Everybody is so nice here, I really appreciate
your help and explanations, muito obrigada.
in time for my stay, the Seleção is playing against the German national
soccer team. I'm sure it will be an exciting game for both teams.
Although the Brazilian players improved, I hope Germany will win, go!
(desculpe, gente. Não me odeie!)