I was inspired to take this picture of Volcan San Pedro by a painting that I saw at the “Cooperativa La Voz” in San Juan at Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala. The photo depicts a similar scene as the one I saw in the painting.
Traveling through Central America, I have learned that volcanoes and coffee are a match made in heaven. The volcano provides the rich soil, the altitude for a cooler climate, and the Pacific delivers the necessary moisture for the plants through the clouds.
The amount of work that goes into a cup of coffee is hard to imagine for us developed-world-coffee-drinkers. The farmers spend all their life going up and down the steep mountains, working in the plantations. Every plant is carefully nursed and afterwards every bean is hand-picked. In the end, the beans are washed and then dried on the platforms that you see in the foreground of this picture with Volcán San Pedro in the background.