A Cafecito Story

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Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2002 - Cooking - 68 pages
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A Cafecito Storyis a story of love, coffee, birds and hope. It is a beautifully written eco-fable by best-selling author Julia Alvarez. Based on her and her husband's experiences trying to reclaim a small coffee farm in her native Dominican Republic,A Cafecito Storyshows how the return to the traditional methods of shade-grown coffee can rehabilitate and rejuvenate the landscape and human culture, while at the same time preserving vital winter habitat for threatened songbirds.
Not a political or environmental polemic,A Cafecito Storyis instead 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.

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User Review  - lilithcat - LibraryThing

This short work, is the story of coffee, "a social beverage that bridges nations and unites people in trade, in words, in birds, and in love . . . through the eyes of Joe, a man with farming in his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Garrett.k - Goodreads

Quick read. Cute story with a nice message. I need a cup of coffee now. Read full review


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Julia Alvarez was born in New York City on March 27, 1950 and was raised in the Dominican Republic. Before becoming a full-time writer, she traveled across the country with poetry-in-the-schools programs and then taught at the high school level and the college level. In 1991, she earned tenure at Middlebury College and published her first book How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, which won the PEN Oakland/Jefferson Miles Award for excellence in 1991. Her other works include In the Time of the Butterflies, The Other Side of El Otro Lado, and Once upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA.

Eichner is a practicing ophthalmologist who married to the writer, Julia Alvarez.

Daisy Cocco de Filippis, who translated"A Cafecito Story" into Spanish, is originally from the Dominican Republic. Since 1978 has taught Hispanic literature and culture at York College of The City University of New York, where she directs the Department on Foreign Languages, ESL and Humanitites.

Belkis Ram rez, who created the woodcuts for"A Cafecito Story", is one of the most celebrated artrists in the Dominican Republic. Visit Belkis' web site.

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