Manuel

His name is Manuel. 71 years old. Widowed. Carpenter. Owner of a coffee lot at Roça Monte Café (Sao Tome and Principe). Land from which everything springs, without asking permission. 
Manuel has a wide and broad smile, with lines of poems. He tells a unique story of a country that has forgotten how it was when it produced coffee. He still cultivates, dry, roast and grind it. But life does not wear him out. 
Manuel doesn’t drop his arms. He enjoys all that the land offers him, like a blessing. A seed is wealth. A berry. A vanilla pod. 
Manuel is impossible to describe in words, much less in photographs. It misses the wet weather that sticks to the skin. It lacks the smell of wet earth and freshly fried plantain. It absents the sound of children screaming out there lack. Above all, it lacks Manuel’s permanent laugh.
Manuel is one of the few people producing coffee in São Tomé and Príncipe.

0.0 ·
0
www.coffeemuseum.com
Trending Today
Stressed out? This Weird, Relaxing And Life-Affirming Video May Be Just What You Need
3 min33,582 views today ·
Every Town Needs a Remakery
Jeremy Williams33,362 views today ·
Have We Been Denying Our Human Nature for Four Hundred Years?
Lynn Parramore14,037 views today ·
Revolution and American Indians: “Marxism is as Alien to My Culture as Capitalism”
Russell Means13,261 views today ·
Without Saying a Word This 6 Minute Clip From Samsara Will Make You Speechless
6 min6,598 views today ·
Capitalism and Communism - Two Economic Systems With the Same Goal
Chris Agnos4,691 views today ·
This is One of the Most Powerful Music Videos Ever Made
5 min2,868 views today ·
How Wolves Change Rivers
4 min2,475 views today ·
I Lived in a 38-Person Co-Op in San Francisco, and so Can You
Tommy Alexander2,402 views today ·
Load More
New
Why Recognizing Our Own Privilege Can Be so Hard
Chris Agnos
Love is Not Something That You Do - It is Something That You Can Become
1 min
THE BIG IDEA (Basic Income Guarantee)
3 min
Stressed out? This Weird, Relaxing And Life-Affirming Video May Be Just What You Need
3 min
21St Century Bastards #Faketoys May Be the Best Thing on the Internet
Andrew Butler
MP Says Government is Intentionally Making People Destitute to Prevent Organised Opposition
2 min
From the Politics of Division to the Politics of Humanity
Willy Mutunga
Capitalism and Communism - Two Economic Systems With the Same Goal
Chris Agnos
The Real Truth About Fake News
CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective
Load More
What's Next
Oil, Smoke & Mirrors (2007)
50 min
Slavery by Another Name (2012)
85 min
The Island of All Together
23 min
Like us on Facebook?
Manuel