Work on the plantations is not a fixed or secure job. Because workers are not paid hourly, their salary depends on the amounts of almuds workers fill. During low seasons or if the crops have been affected because of a natural disasters, workers struggle to survive. Hurricane María devastated the agricultural industry of the island. Many farms had to start from scratch to get back on their feet after the disaster. Even though it's been over a year since María, workers have lifted up the agricultural industry in order to get coffee to our tables.
This story was produced during the Puerto Rico 2018 National Geographic Photo Camp with the photographers Iván Valencia, Luján Agusti, and Dominic Bracco II.