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Topic: Storm Damage in El Salvador (4 msgs / 70 lines)
1) From: Floyd Lozano
I was reading a newsletter from another site and saw that the #1 cup
of excellence winner was hit by hurricane strength winds just as the
harvest season was starting and they lost maybe 90% of this year's
crop.  This is bad news for these guys.  It looks like the overal El
Salvador crop was not badly affected, but certain high altitude areas
including CoE winners were badly hit, and since their shade growth was
also damaged, this may affect next years crop as well =(

2) From: Joseph Robertson
Floyd,
Major Bummer, I just met with the spokes person for El Salvador Coffee and
Coffee farmers at the Last Seattle Coffee Fest. I just happened to be
standing on the street in front of the convention center after the days
classes and events and a strange woman from El Salvador walked up to me and
said would I like to have some food from her country and learn about their
coffee. Whoaa, like I'm going to say no? She said all I had to do was get on
the bus. At the time in a strange city it did remind me of Ken Kesey's
Electric coolaid acid test. I grabbed my partner and we jumped on board. The
part that struck me as odd was we were the only too to get on. No one else
was standing out side waiting for a hotel shuttle. Very surreal. Then to
make it even more surreal the bus was full of people making comments like
does anyone know where we are going? Linda and I just looked at each other.
At this point we wondered how many spoke English. They were all coffee
people so I wasn't feeling too nervous at least I was with friends? The
people up front were speaking in there native language. Finally the woman
that invited us on came back and said that Atlas Coffee importers was
hosting an event at their office/lab just a short distance away. Now we knew
where we were going, just not sure yet how they were going to get all of us
to our respective hotels etc.
We were very excited to say the least. It turned out to be great evening. An
outside tent presentation dinner etc.for roasters and coffee people by the
Salvadorian coffee officials in charge of marketing and presenting there
coffee to the world. Needless to say I was very impressed. After the power
point show we went downstairs to the main Atlas lab and tried a variety of
their coffees made a variety of ways. I got to try my first Clover cup. Very
nice. What a great time we had. Met coffee people from all over the US. All
randomly picked by the women running the show. She had no idea of our
background or experience, my convention ID tag was flipped over when she
approached me. Very warm and welcoming people. Just happened to be in the
right corner at the right moment.
Floyd, I will watch this very closely, some very fine coffees come from El
Salvador.
JoeR
On 2/1/08, Floyd Lozano  wrote:
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3) From: Edward Bourgeois
They had three days of almost hurricane winds. It stripped all the
leaves off the coffee and the shade trees. It even stripped the ground
of it's mulch. Anything that was facing the ocean got it the worst. We
wont see coffee from those trees until spring 2010. And now the dry
season hits and with no shade leaves it could get worse. Ed
On Feb 1, 2008 12:59 PM, Joseph Robertson  wrote:
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4) From: Joseph Robertson
So Sad for sure. Mother nature has her way then we get what is left.
JoeR
On 2/1/08, Edward Bourgeois  wrote:
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