My trip to Guatemala, in true downtown Credo fashion, was all about creating community. I figured it is mandatory for you to meet the crew and get a little background…
I flew form Austin to Atlanta, where I meet the rest of the crew, which gave me some time to really be in thought and mentally prepare for my trip. In Atlanta, I would meet up with Sarah, Stephan, Adam and Paul. Here they are from Left to right: Stephan, Sarah, Adam - Paul not pictured.
Sarah, whom I would be meeting for the first time, is the Downtown Credo Coffee shop manager. Right of the bat, I knew we were going to get along. She was upbeat and silly. Since coming on board, she has played a pivotal role in the coffee shop in orlando. She has a wonderful sense of detail and organization, something that is crucial when getting behind something like Downtown Credo, especially with our goals to grow.
Stephan, whom worked closly with Bed when the Downtown Credo was first paving the way, was also with us. Stephan is charismatic and fun. He is also very in tune with his surrounds, you can tell he experiences things with all of him. He was also our voice; Stephan was our translator. Because of his presence we were able to understand what all our fellow coffee growers were sharing.
Paul, who is Ben’s dad ( Ben is the founder of Downtown credo in Orlando). Paul was scheduled to be in another area of Central America the week after our trip, so he decided to tack on an extra week to join us. It didn’t take me long to apprecaite that Paul was with us. He is one of the best problem solvers I have ever meet. He is truly jack of all trades and I can confidently say saved our live’s on multiple occasions during the trip.
Finally, there was Adam. He was there purely for entertainment value. (Just kidding Adam). He was fortunate enough to go on the trip last year. He really helped me understand how are the partnerships were intermixed and truly how much The Credo actually does revolove around creating community. He is open and honest and I respect and admire this about him. The trip wouldn’t have been the same without him there.
We flew from Atlanta to Guatemala City and this is where the story begins…
From Left: Adam, Me, Paul