We all know the feeling. That feeling when you return home from an epic surfing adventure.
You are on a high and want to just hold onto that feeling for as long as possible before real life starts bringing you back down to earth.
You’re dripping with the culture you visited in every part of your life, little reminders of the simpler time you just experienced – that crumpled hat, the Lizano salsa on your eggs, the Imperial your fridge, the coffee in the morning.
Not to mention the funky board shorts, sand in the bottom of your bag, and probably a few battle wounds.
Twin Fin Coffee wants to tap into that stoke, help you keep it alive, and perhaps satisfy a craving you felt when you realized you want to do more – to be more than just a tourist.
It’s a common to return from surf trips with feeling of gratitude mixed with wonder, and maybe even a little guilt, when we travel in search of these experiences – empty waves, dirt roads, beat up trucks, and cheap food.
Despite a craving to live a simpler life, one closer to nature, deep down we know how lucky I have it back at home.
We’ve forged a connection to a faraway place, its people, and its natural beauty, but in many cases these things we love are under attack and could use our help.
The reality is that tourism and agriculture remain critically important industries in many of the tropical surf destinations we dream about. By visiting them we bring our dollars into the country. By buying their exports we have a way of continuing our support of their farmers and co-ops that provide training, education, and health care services to a vulnerable segment of the population.
I started Twin Fin Coffee to offer a way for surfers to maintain the special connection we develop with these far off lands and people.
Personally, I’ve been traveling to Central America for over 20 years. I love the surf and coffee, but also the people I have met who have helped me during my adventures over the years. Now I take my kids to places where I slept on the beaches in my younger years.
So I want my cup of Costa Rican coffee in the morning. It brings me back. I also want to support the coffee farmers I’ve met and the rainforests that keep this region, and our planet, breathing clean air.
I’ll keep traveling and connecting to these wonderful places, but while I’m home I can maintain the stoke each morning.