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Reflections: seeing through the smoke surrounding Sumatran coffee My mind is deep into ‘Terminator Genesis” –as intriguing an idea as time-travel can be, it inevitably just annoys me in films. Jake gestures to the window. We’re descending into Medan, I squint to see that we’re under the cloud-cover, but still in midst of a smog, hundreds-of-feet-thick. It leaves a trail of itself, stretching out far to the south of us. We knew what we we’re getting into. But like many things in Sumatra, the scale was humbling. We’re arriving in Sumatra’s largest recorded wildfire. Dense peat ground cover has been set aflame by would-be farmers. Strike the match, and leave the area. Come back a month or three later. Valla, a tree-less, tillable earth greets you. Now plant...
Please consider donating towards providing relief for Mt. Sinabung refugees It's going to be a white Christmas in central Sumatra this year. Not snow, though; ash. This is because Mt. Sinabung is erupting. This volcano has been shooting ash miles into the air for weeks now - the government has evacuated an estimated 17,000 people from around the mountain's base and most people are just waiting for the other shoe to drop. This directly impacts the coffee farming community with whom we work in Simalungun (Sumatra, Indonesia), and we are putting the word out that there are people who could use your help this holiday season.  Here at Crop to Cup we are organizing an appeal for donations - made here or through the Donate button at the bottom of this post. The largest shelter...

Some pictures and notes from my first trip to Sumatra; Jacob Elster