Barbara Wilson;
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  • Mindo
  • Ecuador
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What is your position in the coffee industry?
coffee shop owner, coffee roaster
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Mindo, Ecuador and Ann Arbor, Michigan
How many years have you been in the industry?
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
Been roasting for 6 years. Been in the cafe business for 1 year and learning lots. I have 100 organic coffee plants that should begin producing next year.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Anywhere and everywhere.
About Me:
I am a retired public health educator and medical interpreter trainer from Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. We bought land in Ecuador and and run a coffee shop/restaurant. I live in Mindo, Ecuador about 2-3 months/year and it is a beautiful, tiny, touristy pueblo that is the #1 birding spot in the world. Also has many large waterfalls, surrounded by protected national cloud forest. A lush and beautiful place. We are regularly running very popular workshops on Chocolate roasting and processing from the plant to chocolate bars. And we are now offering coffee origin tours.
About My Company:
Excellent Ecuadorian coffee is our specialty. I roast all of the coffee for our coffee shop. We also serve excellent fresh organic food grown on site. We make our own chocolate and bake it into delicious brownies and mochaccinos.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
I love drinking excellent coffee and meeting people who appreciate good coffee.

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At 8:12pm on March 6, 2009, kito said…
hi barbara, thanks for getting back to me. my wife is originally from ambato, ecuador and we usually visit once a year. we have 2 young kids and feel ecuador would be a wonderful place to raise them. regarding coffee, i have to admit that at this point, im a rookie (im a practicing attorney starting to practice coffee making). we are hoping to get down to ecuador by year's end. may i ask you what kind of equipment you are using? i have been looking at roasters (ambex in particular) grinders (mazzer, mahlkonig) and espresso machines (i dont know where to begin) but im concerned about having them serviced in ecuador. who would handle it? also, i need to locate some mean green beans direct from the growers. any advice you can offer me is greatly appreciated. thanks!!!!
At 10:37pm on July 23, 2008, mike cubbage said…
how are the plants going? how do you like it down there. was there major culture shock. it must be raining now? good for the plants. would love to come visit.
At 8:47am on June 8, 2008, chiara nicolini jiskra said…
Hola Barbara! veo que eres de Ecuador! te invito a que te unas a mundo barista, un lugar de encuentro para todos los amantes hisponahablantes del café! espero verte por ahi!
At 8:38am on June 5, 2008, Nicole Michaud said…
Hello Barbara!
Best of luck with all of your plans, it sounds so wonderful!
When I get down to Ecuador I would love to come and visit, it sounds like a very beautiful place.
Welcome to Barista Exchange!
At 11:12pm on May 30, 2008, Fede Cabrera said…
Hola Barbara,

Bienvenida a Barista Exchange!

At 9:56pm on May 29, 2008, christos manousidis said…
Joy in your courage, we say in Greece. I may be follow also your way when I retire myself. Bravo… you are commendable, laudable.

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