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A Cafecito Story

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Julia Alvarez is the co-owner of a small, organic coffee farm. Her firsthand experience with the difficulties of bringing delicious, nontoxic, shade-grown coffee to market have inspired "A Cafecito Story", a lyrical account of how a North American's eyes (and taste buds) are opened to the global impacts of our love affair with java.

"A Cafecito Story" is not a political or environmental polemic. Instead it is a poetic, modern fable about human beings at their best. The challenge of producing coffee is a remarkable test of our ability to live more sustainably, caring for the land, growers, and consumers in an enlightened and just way. Written with Julia Alvarez's deft touch, this is a story that stimulates while it comforts, waking the mind and warming the soul like the first cup of morning coffee. Indeed, this story is best read with a strong cup of organic, shade-grown, fresh-brewed coffee.

One of those rare books that makes complex issues perfectly clear, "A Cafecito Story" shows the magnificent possibility of individuals changing their world for the better. An afterword by Bill Eichner, Julia's partner in coffee growing (and in life) describes their experiences with Alta Gracia, the coffee farm and arts center in the Dominican Republic where they are demonstrating the promise of sustainable living.


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Hardback Editions

September 2001 : USA Hardback

Title: A Cafecito Story
Author(s): Julia Alvarez
ISBN: 1-931498-00-8 / 978-1-931498-00-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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Paperback Editions

March 2004 : USA Paperback

Title: A Cafecito Story
Author(s): Julia Alvarez, Bill Eichner
ISBN: 1-931498-54-7 / 978-1-931498-54-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chelsea Green
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA