Aida Batlle: Riding Coffee's Wave

One woman's El Salvador coffee plantations are fueling a new trend

In the beginning was the coffee bean, the seed of an Ethiopian fruit. The Arabs and the Turks took it and brewed it to provide mental and spiritual clarity. Then the West learned to make money from it. This culminated in the early 20th century with huge production on giant plantations and freeze-dried coffee in every home, instant in every pantry. That would be the first wave. The second was a counterrevolution fueled by espresso drinks and lattes and the megabucks made by Starbucks.

Aida Batlle is a star of what may be the third wave--the rediscovery of the properties of...

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