New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_13269
Two coffee pickers carrying loads on their backs in Mexico, 1927.
What kind of trees do you think are in the photograph?
How are the coffee pickers in the photograph carrying their loads?
What do you think is the best way to transport coffee berries today?
Why do you think the man and woman in the photograph are dressed the way they are?
How is coffee harvested in Mexico today?
Find out about the differences between the wet and dry methods of producing coffee. Compare the end results, especially the quality of the coffee and the final costs of the coffee. What method of producing coffee is used most in Mexico?
Math: Using whole beans and a coffee grinder, find out the average number of beans it takes to make a cup of coffee. Calculate how many coffee beans would be necessary to make enough coffee for all the teachers in the school.
Science: Examine different types of coffee beans. Make observations based on sight, smell, etc.
English Language Arts: Create a poster based on different coffee beans. Write short explanations of how the beans are classified.
Goodwin, William. Mexico (Modern Nations of the World). San Diego: Lucent, 1999.
Heinrichs, Ann. Mexico (A True Book). Danbury: Children's Press, 1997.
Jermyn, Leslie, and Mary-Jo Reilly. Mexico (Cultures of the World). New York: Benchmark, 2002.