We've broken down the steps of the coffee process so everyone can see all of the work that goes into a single cup of coffee. However, what's missing (or impossible to show) is the difficulty behind this work, the hours that go into each step, the walking to/from the fields every day (which can be up to 2 hours each way), the number of passes on each coffee tree during harvest and on and on and on. My grandparents were farmers in North Dakota, US, and their work was hard and long, but when I compare the two, there's really no comparison. The farmers with whom we work here in Guatemala, do back breaking work by hand every day so we can enjoy our coffee. For that, I'm forever grateful.
If you haven't been on a coffee tour with a small-holder farmer (large corporate coffee farm tours don't count), come see us. You won't be disappointed and it will give you a whole new appreciation for that cup of coffee you enjoy each morning.