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From all of us at Café Campesino, thank you for a truly great year! We especially want to express our gratitude to our producer partners, our loyal customers, our many new customers and our colleagues who are working to make Fair Trade not just a way of doing business but the way of doing business! Happy Holidays from Café Campesino! In this issue of Fair Grounds, we profile two Mexican cooperatives that we'll start buying from in the spring. We also spotlight Ten Thousand Villages of Atlanta and Fair Trade Partner Cloudforest Initiatives, offer a Community Caravan update, present a new recipe, trivia question and Dr. Coffee and give you everything you need to know to get your coffee gifts in time for Christmas. Settle in with a steamin' ol' mug of your favorite brew and read on…

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by Bill Harris

Many of Café Campesino’s new customers might be surprised to learn that Mexico is a significant, high quality coffee producing country. In fact, some of the best Latin American coffee is grown in Chiapas, Mexico’s southern-most state which borders Guatemala. Coffee is critical to the Mexican economy, representing one-third of the total agricultural exports to the United States. Mexico is particularly important to the organic movement and is now the world’s largest producer of organic coffee.

Since our first visit in 1999 with the Mut Vitz (Hill of Birds) Cooperative in Chiapas, we have been drawn to this beautiful, diverse, remote, yet politically troubled, portion of Mexico.


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Please note that we will be roasting and shipping through the end of the day on Thursday, December 23rd. To ensure that your order is delivered in time for the holidays, please make sure that you allow enough time for us to roast your coffee and for UPS to deliver it. The following is a rough estimate of deadlines for ordering coffee in time for Christmas (12/24 delivery); however, please consult UPS to confirm that on-time delivery is possible based on your order’s destination.

Order by December 22nd: AL, GA & Northern FL

Order by December 21st: AR, LA, Eastern TX, MS, TN, SC, NC, VA, WV, KY, OH, IN, IL, Eastern MO, Eastern IA, Southern WI & MI

Order by December 20th: Western & Southern TX, NM, OK, KS, Eastern NE, Western IA, Northern WI & MN

Order by December 19th: ND, SD, Eastern NE, Eastern CO & AZ

Order by December 16th: WA, OR, MT, WY, UT, CA, NV, & ID

Café Campesino will make every effort to roast, pack and ship orders as quickly possible. Large orders or orders that require special packaging or shipping arrangements may delay shipping.

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The last four weeks have been busy! 

On Thursday, November 11th, Café Campesino hosted our annual open house…and what an event it was! This year, more than 200 folks stopped by the roastery, where Lee demonstrated his coffee-craft and the rest of us mingled with local customers, future local customers and those who were just plain interested! Thank you to all of you who took the time to see what we do despite the miserable weather. We look forward to continuing the tradition next year and maybe adding a BBQ or two next Spring!

On Thursday, November 17, our roving coffee bar traveled to Koinonia Farm to serve coffee at an evening seminar titled Human Rights, Globalization and Militarization: An Educational Experience on Injustice in Latin America. Clare Hanrahan from Asheville, NC, discussed her personal experiences and her latest book: Conscience and Consequences: A Prison Memoir. Tom Hanson, National Coordinator for the Mexico Solidarity Network, shared thoughts concerning the School of the Americas, the impact of NAFTA on the indigenous people of Mexico and the importance of fair trade.

On November 18-19, over 16,000 people attend the annual School of the Americas Watch Vigil in Columbus, GA. Each year, with the help of volunteers from Koinonia Partners and Eastern Illinois Newman Catholic Center, we serve coffee to thousands who attend this peaceful gathering. Funds raised by the coffee service are donated to SOAW. Thanks to all of our friends and supporters who attended the vigil, stopped by the booth for coffee and help raise over $1,000 for SOAW. 

On December 1, we joined many other local volunteers at Habitat for Humanity’s Clarence Jordan Center to observe World AIDS Day. Proceeds from coffee sales were donated to The Bridge, a regional non-profit organization working on AIDS education and prevention programs.

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Ten Thousand Villages of Atlanta, a non-profit international gift store, helps provide meaningful employment and income to Third World craftspeople by marketing their handicrafts. The handmade gifts and household items are similar to those available at a department store, only better, as they are unique expressions of artisans who are benefiting directly from their Fair Trade relationships. Store Hours are Tuesday — Saturday from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Ten Thousand Villages is located at 1056 St. Charles Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306. Their telephone number is 404.892.5307.

Visit ten Thousand Villages websites:
Atlanta - www.atlanta-midtown.com/nonprofit/villages/
National - www.tenthousandvillages.com

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Cloudforest Initiatives is this month’s Fair Trade Partner. Based in St Paul, MN, CI’s mission is to assist and support efforts for peace, justice and integral development of the Maya communities of Chiapas, Mexico. We’ve known the good folks at CI for years through our mutual membership in Cooperative Coffees and our travels to Chiapas. Our sister company, Three Frontiers Trading, will soon offer beautiful Fair Trade ironwork handcrafted by indigenous artisans trained at the CI headquarters in Chiapas. Learn more about the work of Cloudforest Initiatives by visiting their website at www.cloudforestmexico.org.

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We're giving away coffee! 

Think you know a lot about coffee? Then enter our Fair Grounds Trivia Contest. Click here for our question of the month. Entering is easy and it's FUN!

Nathan Sprinkle is the winner of last month's Coffee Knowledge contest. He knew that TIP stood for To Insure Promptness (as in prompt service). Congratulations, Nathan!

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"No one has ever become poor by giving."

-- Anne Frank

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  • November 2004 Conscious Consumption: A Personal Perspective, Customer Spotlight: Oyamel - Cocina Mexicana, Fair Trade Partner: Three Frontiers Trading Co.
  • October 2004 A Mission...Not a Market: The 2004 Vote: Making it Work
  • September 2004 Producer News: CECOCAFEN in the Off Season, Customer Spotlight: The Healthy Gourmet
  • August 2004 Producer Profile: Cooperativa Café Timor, Fair Trade Friends: Marketplace of India
  • July 2004 A Fair Trade Reality Check, Fair Trade Friends: Tribal Fiber, Coffee Lab International
  • June 2004 The Promise of Fair Trade, Fair Trade Friend: Global Crafts
  • May 2004 Fair Trade at the Carter Center, SCAA meeting.
  • April 2004 Coffee and Community in Nicaragua, Fair Trade in Americus Makes the News!
  • March 2004 Fair Trade chocolate, Rosetta's Kitchen
  • February 2004 Bill's Return to Guatemala, Guayakí Rainforest
  • January 2004 Espresso - What's the Buzz?
  • December 2003 Fair Trade: Global Exchange's Fair Trade Challenge; Fellow Fair Traders: SERRV International
  • November 2003 Fair Trade: More Than Just a Fair Price; Fellow Fair Traders: Lucuma Designs
  • October 2003 Exploring the Coffee Regions
  • September 2003 Cooperative Coffees Annual Meeting
  • August 2003 Fair Trade Friends: Oxfam America; The Art (and Science) of Roasting Coffee
  • July 2003 Exploring Our Origins: Sumatra
  • June 2003 Exploring Our Origins: Guatemala; Gayo Mountain Adventure; Dr. Coffee - Cupping
  • May 2003 Fair Trade Friends: United Students for Fair Trade; World Fair Trade Day
  • April 2003 Exploring Our Origins: Ethiopia; Celebrating Earth Day with Fair Trade
  • March 2003 Bill's Central American Adventures, Part 2; SWP Decaffeination
  • February 2002 Bill's Central American Adventures, Part 1
  • January 2003 My Life as a Bean
  • December 2002 Exploring Our Origins: East Timor; Sustainable Development
  • November 2002 New Website; Gift Baskets
  • October 2002 Interview with roaster Lee Harris
  • September 2002 ForesTrade Wins UN Sustainability Award; Exploring Our Origins: Sumatra's Gayo Cooperative
  • August 2002 Producer News: Shade Grown; Fair Trade Friends: Atlanta Audubon
  • July 2002 Exploring Our Origins: Colombia
  • June 2002 Back Roads Journal: Cooperative Coffees and Café Campesino; Exploring Our Origins: Peru; Fair Trade Friends: Music of the Andes
  • May 2002 Staff Notes: Cinco de Mayo; Producer News: Visit to Mut Viz; Back Roads Journal: SCAA Meeting
  • April 2002 Back Roads Journal: Travels in Fair Trade; Customer Composting Tip

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Americus, GA 31709

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