37 minutes | Feb 11th 2019


In Central America, you can’t tell the story of coffee without mentioning war.

This is Alfonso. He's hugged Fidel Castro and President Reagan chartered a private plane so he could attend a photoshoot at the White House.

In the 1980s, Alfonso almost gets murdered three times for trying to bring democracy to Nicaragua.

And all the while, his sanctuary, the coffee farm “Aquiares", begins collapsing too.

This story reveals the blood and tears that could fill your morning cup of coffee.


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Piano music composed and performed by James Harper

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A big thanks to: Ariel Bravo, the Robelos, Fabio Gadea Mantilla, Carlos Fernando Chamorro

Editorial thanks: Kinga Pecak, Daniel Orgera, Anja Krieger.
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