| Geography of
Matagalpa Study Tours
James Hayes-Bohanan , Ph.D.
Bridgewater State College Geography
UPDATED January 31, 2013
As of January 2012, I will have led six study tours to Nicaragua, as a credit-bearing course called Geography of Coffee. This page is for sharing what we have been learning on those tours.
This part of my web site began with these reports from the field, but over the past several years, I have expanded this site to include coffee shops, coffee roasters, coffee tours, health effects, coffee preparation, and even coffee romance. You can now continue the exploration at my the main coffee page, but Matagalpa/Jinotega stuff is all right here!
January 2006 ~~ January 2007 ~~ January 2009
January 2010 ~~ January 2011 ~~ January 2012
Missed the tours? Go to the huge tasting on April 5, 2012 or look for other coffee outreach events. In-service teachers who would like a summer tour, please let me know! It might need to be in a different part of the world, though.
Cafezinho in Florianópolis
After running the tour twice with standard, Managua-based tour companies, we are pleased to be working with Matagalpa Tours this time, a tour operator specializing in the coffeelands of the north. On previous tours, the city-based guides sometimes had more culture shock than my U.S. students, so traveling with experts from the region will be a welcome change for 2009.
Coffeeland Landmine Victims' Trust connects the coffee
industry to landmine victims throughout the coffee-growing
areas of the
world. Unfortunately, this includes the Contra War
Nicaragua. I look forward to working with the Trust
during the 2009 study tour. Our journey will take us back
to Ben Linder's grave in Matagalpa, but this time we will
also go to the Ben
Linder café in Leon. This café was
established with the help of Deans Beans. It
honors the martyred North American engineer while helping
farmers and victims of land mines. It is also a source of
something rare in commercial establishments in Nicaragua:
a decent cup of coffee!
Managua to Matagalpa page for stories from our 2006 journey to
the coffee lands of Nicaragua or the
Matagalpa Reprise page for highlights from 2007, including a lot of
insights I missed during the first trip.