VICE MUNCHIES | Trappist Monks Are Trying to Save Venezuela’s Dying Coffee Industry

Brother Juan gives me a tour of the coffee farm while he texts his milk guy. He’s ordering 20 liters of black market dairy because even in the isolated, Roman Catholic Trappist monastery in the mountains above Mérida, Venezuela, the ten monks who live here function the same way most Venezuelans do. When a shortage hits and they want something with the least possible hassle, they have to know the right people.

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