In the afterword, the writer’s husband, who is also the model for “Joe” in the story, calls this story a “parable” (53). This term is usually applied to a story used to teach a moral or religious lesson. What is the moral lesson in this story? Does it feel “preachy” to you, or is the message fairly unobtrusive?
3. Discuss the pathos appeal. What values does the story appeal to? What emotions does it stir up?
4. Discuss the logos appeal. What information is given about the two different methods of growing coffee (organic shade grown vs. the chemical-dependent monoculture style), the effects of each method, the economic system of “free” trade versus “fair” trade, etc. Is there enough information to make the case, or would you have preferred more hard data.