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Barista Magazine

I write, interview, and photograph for both the print and digital journals of Barista Magazine– the digital home of the leading trade magazine for the worldwide community of specialty coffee professionals. I analyze market trends to pitch and deliver stories on topics such Carbon Markets, stem rust, and service industry.…

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Coffee Portraits: Ana Lorena

Ana Lorena Jimenez // Vuelta de Jorco AF-S NIKKOR 24–70mm f/2.8G Themes: Independence and Resilience Gender Empowerment Meaningfulness in Coffee Coffee: The Giver of Life Ana Lorena is woman coffee producer who is also a part of Bean Voyage’s Care Training program. She is from a small community called Vuelta de Jorco, about an hour south of San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital. Her farm is located high up in the hills (which is good for growing coffee), and you must…

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Nature’s Orchestration

AF-S NIKKOR 24–70mm f/2.8G Content: This photo series consists of 12 photographs taken over the span of 4 months. The locations are spread across 4 different places: Point Reyes, California, Lake Tahoe, California, Las Vegas Nevada, and Chirripo, Costa Rica. Usually, my work contains some element or presence of a human being or a human interaction because people, in my opinion, are the most interesting things on this planet. In this project I specifically untether humans and nature as two…

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Coffee Portraits: Jackie and Flor

Jacqueline Garbanzo// Valle Central AF-S NIKKOR 24–70mm f/2.8G Themes: Coffee Price Volatility Cooperative Governing Structures Community Empowerment Co-Existing: Coffee, Cooperatives, & Community Jackie Garbanzo is one of Bean Voyage’s Care Fellows. Her community zone is called Bustamante, which is located in the Central Valley—one of Costa Rica’s premier zones for producing fine quality coffee. Tarrazu, perhaps the best-known region, lies on the opposite hill side of the valley. The meaning of coffee for Jacqueline: It is 6 pm and Jackie…

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Presence

AF-S NIKKOR 24–70mm f/2.8G What is photography? This is a philosophical and complex question. To me, photography is a presence—it is a way of engaging and “being” in this world. For me, photography is an extension of myself and how I show others the way I view the scene that presents itself in front of me. Not only does photography demonstrate who I am, not only does it enable me to express my attentiveness to that particular scene, but photography…

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Coffee Portraits: Rafa

Raphael (Rafa) Orozco // San Ramon AF-S NIKKOR 24–70mm f/2.8G Themes: Ecosystem Biodiversity Community Engagement Education in Agriculture No Healthy Soil? No Coffee. Rafa is 24 years old and is one of Bean Voyage’s Care Fellows. He studies engineering and forestry sciences at the National Technical University in Costa Rica that specializes in agronomy, which is the science of soil management and crop production. He is particularly interested in the part of production that deals with organic fertilizers. Rafa’s project…

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Coffee in Time and Space

AF-S NIKKOR 24–70mm f/2.8G Coffee touches the lives of approximately 125 million people—from the producers at the bottom of the global coffee supply chain to the exporters of raw coffee beans to the specialty roasters to the marketers to the coffee drinkers. Over 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed globally every single day. The economic gulf between the Global South countries that produces almost all coffee and the Global North that consumes almost all coffee is enormous. Yet inequalities…

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Grooves of the Human Anatomy

Hasselblad 1000F/ Ilford HP5 Plus 400 Speed/ 120 Film 11″ x 14″ Prints   Inspired by a fascination with ancient Greek sculptures. Individually processed in the dark room using dodge and burn techniques and various light exposures per print. Photographed subject in home created studio. To pose the subject into intimate yet dignified positions was the challenge. I photograph candidly; thus to pose the subject into an intentional position that I have choreographed into my mind was a different, yet…

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Coffee Grounded Perceptions

22 coffee bags, acrylic paint, water, fresh espresso grounds, PVC pipes, blank cloth, tapestry, super glue, human subjects. We all live in a society where coffee is a highly sought-after commodity. Every day, about 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world. We are all consumers living in a globalized country that plays an active role in shaping the agendas, livelihoods, and identities of the coffee bean farmers. The global coffee chain has gone through a ‘‘latte revolution,’’…

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Coffee Portraits: Kendy

Kendy Vega // Guanacaste Region AF-S NIKKOR 24–70mm f/2.8G Themes: Family Generational Farming Women and Youth in Coffee Mitigating Coffee Disease Coffee Struggles in a Family’s Paradise The meaning of coffee for Kendy Vega: For me, coffee has been very important. Since I was a little girl, my family has taught me everything—they have taught me to work hard and I think of the feeling I have when my family is nearby. This is happiness for me— being in the…

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