Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands

Building Friendships since 1986

Successful Coffee Delegation

The 2017 Coffee Delegation traveled to Nicaragua from November 28 – December 11 and was comprised of Bainbridge Island residents Anthony Oddo (far left) and Noreen Andrews (center) as well as a long-time friend of BOSIA, Nancy Eisenman (front) and her grandson, William (back). The group of four were treated to 11 fantastic days on Ometepe as well as opportunities to explore the mainland cities of Masaya, Granada, and Rivas. The delegation was hosted by David Mitchell and Lisa Giles along with Roberto Mairena who all shared their extensive knowledge of coffee production and history on Ometepe. In addition to visits to the various coffee farms and cooperatives around the island, the delegation was invited to attend both the Pre-School/6th Grade “Promotion” in Balgue and the High School Graduation in Merida. Both occasions were fantastic opportunities to visit with old and new friends and experience a celebratory occasion on Ometepe. The final days of the delegation were spent in homestays with various families around Merida and an exploration of some of Balgue and Santo Domingo.         

The Coffee Delegation group, led by David Mitchell (center), views the coffee roasting process at the Tostadores de Ometepe roastery in Balgue.

The Coffee Delegation was invited to attend the high school graduation in Merida during their homestays.