year, another Specialty Coffee Association of America
meeting and another opportunity to promote Fair Trade
coffee. This time, at least, it was on our home turf –
Atlanta. Samantha gives us her reflections on the show as
a first-timer, and Bill provides a wrap up on our
post-meeting Fair Trade Partner Forum (and visit with
Jimmy Carter) in this issue of Fair Grounds. You'll
also find a Community Caravan update (we're busy in the
next few months), a Fair Trade Fact, a new trivia
question, and a summer dessert recipe. Grab an iced cup of
Café Campesino and read on!
I rode down the escalator into one of the three enormous
buildings which comprise the Georgia World Congress
Center, I was impressed by the huge number and variety of
booths at this year’s Specialty Coffee Association of
America conference. The buzz and bustle of people mingling
and connecting filled the air.
newspaper," a lady said while handing me a copy of Morning
Cup as I reached the bottom of the escalator.
I replied as I stepped into the large convention center
and attempted to figure out where the booths for Café
Campesino and Cooperative Coffees were located.
was my first experience at a coffee convention; indeed, it
was my first experience at any type of industry-specific
Campesino was well represented during an exciting and
inspiring post-SCAA forum sponsored by Cooperative Coffees,
Equal Exchange and the Fair Trade Resource Network. The three
organizations partnered for the first time to host three days
of meetings, speaking engagements and fun with producers
representing five countries and a number of important
non-profit allies from the Fair Trade movement.
Tuesday, we gathered on the peaceful grounds of the Carter
Center in downtown Atlanta for a full day of post-SCAA
decompression, sharing and planning. More than 30 people
attended the session including producer representatives from
Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Peru, and Tanzania. Allies
included representatives from Oxfam, International Fair Trade
Association, Catholic Relief Services, Lutheran World Relief
and Ecologic Finance. A wide range of topics and concerns were
addressed, including the proliferation of product
certification labels in the coffee industry, leveraging our
networks for better public and consumer awareness, changes
within the international Fair Trade monitoring system and
shared concerns among small-scale farmers and our
organizations about the long-term consequences of plantations
in Fair Trade systems. It was a very positive experience and a
great way to bring perspective and closure to the
often-frantic SCAA conference.
Campesino continues to be in the news following our April
8 appearance on WALB. Several articles appeared during the
visit of our producers, both in the Albany Herald and the
Americus Times-Recorder. We’re also looking forward to
an upcoming article in The Atlanta Journal Constitution!
anyone who lives in the South can tell you, seasons change
in an instant, and this year has been no exception.
Sometime between 2:00 and 2:15 p.m. on May 4, summer
started here in Americus, but don’t think that the heat
and humidity will slow us down! We’ll be at several
different events this upcoming month, as well as
participating in causes in which we believe.
May 22, we’ll be joining the athletic folks at 8 a.m.
for Run Americus, Americus’ own annual 5K run. We’ll
be passing out coffee to those who’ve come to cheer on
the participants, and to any participants who need a bit
of buzz to start.
June 8 will find us partnering with The Sentient Bean in
Savannah to serve coffee at the International Festival for
Peace and Civil Liberties. The festival will be held in
Savannah and is set to coincide with the G-8 Summit being
held 80 miles to the south on Sea Island. In addition,
Bill will be speaking Monday night, June 7 at the Sentient
Bean about globalization and commodities trade. Check out http://freesavannah.com/g8/action.htm
for more information about the festival.
keeping with tradition – and having a good time while
doing so – we’ll be serving coffee in the early
morning to the barely-conscious bike riders at the 2004
BRAG, June 12-19. The bike ride begins in Toccoa, Georgia,
and ends at Tybee Island, just outside of Savannah.
Geoffrey, our outreach coordinator, will again be heading
things up, supported by J., Victoria, and Alan. This will
be J.’s first weeklong BRAG jaunt, but Victoria and Alan
are now old hands at this game! We’re delighted to have
them back helping out and pleased to have a new face
joining the team. Attendees may purchase a coffee bracelet
for $25 on their meal form at registration (which is the
easiest way, according to Geoffrey) or they can pick one
up at the beginning of the ride from the booth. We look
forward to seeing you all again!
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Fair Trade chocolate, Rosetta's Kitchen
Bill's Return to Guatemala, Guayakí Rainforest
Espresso - What's the Buzz?
Fair Trade: Global Exchange's Fair Trade Challenge; Fellow Fair
Traders: SERRV International
Fair Trade: More Than Just a Fair Price; Fellow Fair
Traders: Lucuma Designs
Exploring the Coffee Regions
Cooperative Coffees Annual Meeting
Fair Trade Friends: Oxfam America; The Art (and
Science) of Roasting Coffee
Exploring Our Origins: Sumatra
Exploring Our Origins: Guatemala; Gayo Mountain
Adventure; Dr. Coffee - Cupping
2003 Fair Trade Friends: United Students for Fair
Trade; World Fair Trade Day
2003 Exploring Our Origins: Ethiopia; Celebrating
Earth Day with Fair Trade
Bill's Central American Adventures, Part 2; SWP
2002 Bill's Central American Adventures, Part 1
My Life as a Bean
Exploring Our Origins: East Timor; Sustainable
New Website; Gift Baskets
Interview with roaster Lee Harris
ForesTrade Wins UN Sustainability Award; Exploring Our
Origins: Sumatra's Gayo Cooperative
Producer News: Shade Grown; Fair Trade Friends:
Exploring Our Origins: Colombia
Back Roads Journal: Cooperative Coffees and Café
Campesino; Exploring Our Origins: Peru; Fair Trade
Friends: Music of the Andes
Staff Notes: Cinco de Mayo; Producer News: Visit to
Mut Viz; Back Roads Journal: SCAA Meeting
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