us as we forgo some of our usual newsletter features this
month to focus entirely on our friends in Sumatra,
devastated by December's earthquakes and tsunami. As a
fundraising vehicle for the continuing relief efforts in
our Sumatran coffee producer’s region of Aceh, Café
Campesino has established the Aceh Relief
Blend, a Full
City Roast. All of the profits from the sale of the Aceh
Relief Blend will be donated to the Coffee Kids Sumatra
Relief Project, which directly benefits our producer
partners at the PPKGO cooperative in Aceh. Learn more
about the Coffee Kids Sumatra Relief Project in this
edition of Fair Grounds. Café Campesino has also set up
an online donation option for those who wish to donate to
the relief fund with their credit card via Café Campesino.
Call us or visit our website at www.cafecampesino.com
to make your donation...the Aceh Relief Fund donation
option is listed in our single origin coffees section. We
will mail you a receipt of your donation though please
note that if made through Café Campesino, your charitable
contribution will not be tax deductible. Thank you for
joining us in doing our part to hasten relief to those in
the greatest need.
Campesino, through its membership in Cooperative Coffees,
imports our fine fair trade, organic, shade grown Sumatra
coffee from the PPKGO farmer’s cooperative located in
the Aceh region of Sumatra. Sadly, the recent tsunami and
earthquakes have taken the lives of at least two of the producers from the PPKGO cooperative and damaged the
cooperative’s processing facility and the roads to the
port. Numerous producer farmers’ homes have been
destroyed and many of the producers have lost family
members and friends. Café Campesino asks you to join us
in helping with the current relief efforts so that this
coffee project, which has grown to become the largest
"single origin" Fair Trade project in the world
with membership currently numbering 1,832 small-scale
farmers among 24 communities, can get back on its feet.
following are updates that we have received about the
situation in Sumatra:
from PPKGO & ForesTrade: This just came in from Aceh.
Unfortunately it looks as though farmers from PPKGO are
among the casualties of the quake. (The following is an
excerpt from a letter from ForesTrade): We continue to
receive reports about the extent of the damage to lives
and infrastructure suffered by our partners and their
families and communities in the Central Aceh
coffee-growing region in northern Sumatra. As previously
mentioned, the latest message this morning is that two of
our producers died in the collapse of their homes in one
of the 32 communities participating in the project. This
community is in one of the most accessible areas, and we
are greatly concerned that further reports from other
communities will add to the toll.
we know that many of the farmers send their children to
secondary schools and colleges in the lowland areas,
primarily the provincial capital of Banda Aceh, one of the
areas of highest concentration of casualties. Our local
director, Mr. Muhammad Salim, whom many of you have met
during his visit to the U.S. in 2003, has three daughters
in college in Banda Aceh. He and several of his PPKGO
neighbors left with a convoy of vehicles from Takengon to
Banda Aceh yesterday, and we haven't heard from them yet.
From the staff at the PPKGO cooperative: The latest
information coming out of Sumatra indicates that there had
actually been three earthquakes in Aceh. The first one was
on the 26th followed by two more on the 29th, 5 minutes
apart. They were significant seismographic events.
Buildings have been damaged around Takengon (location
of the coffee processing facilities) and people are
focusing now on helping others in need rather than on the
repair of buildings. The PPKGO members are dressing in
their uniforms and are traveling to Banda Aceh for three
days to help with the relief. However, coffee is still
being harvested. Sadly though, bodies are still being
found constantly though survivors are not able to keep up
with the burials around the coast. Many of the soldiers
and rebels that were in hiding have perished. One of the
coop’s inspectors has lost his mother and youngest
child. There are many babies now without parents and many
people in local churches have begun adoption efforts. In
Padang the people are very traumatized as they are encountering
many family members or friends who have been affected.
There was a warning for another tsunami on the 30th and
everyone fled to the hills. During the evacuation thieves
came and robbed homes. The mayor finally went on the radio
to let people know it was a false alarm and that they
could return to their homes.
From the staff at Forestrade USA - …feeling a little
cheerier this morning despite the continuing bad news. I
received an email from Lucia saying that many volunteers
from the PPKGO formed an envoy of 8 trucks filled with
vegetables and rice and headed to Banda Aceh yesterday.
They'll stay for 3 days and then return. Then there's
other volunteers from the PPKGO who will go next week for
From ForesTrade co-founders Thomas and Sylvia Fricke: It's
great to hear that Coffee Kids will send their $30,000
donation today. We hope to have another $17,000 in place
tomorrow so that we can send two full shipments of
supplies out to Banda Aceh this Saturday. We plan to get
special "blue books" or official permits for
entering Aceh upon entry to Indonesia on Friday morning.
Sylvia and I plan to accompany two of the coffee trucks
returning from Medan this Saturday to meet with several of
our colleagues in Bireun about halfway to Banda Aceh.
Unfortunately we are also bringing several thousand meters
of Muslim burial shrouds in addition to food and medicinal
supplies for the survivors. We have also been invited by
the U.S. Consul's office in Medan on Friday and Saturday
to attend the international relief coordination group
daily meetings at one of the main hotels there. We expect
to dispatch a lot of information from the group and
directly through discussion with our colleagues over the
Number of Members: 1,900
Annual Production: 91 containers (100% organic)
Varieties of Arabica: Typica, Catimor, Caturra,
Gayo Organic Coffee Farmers Association
Organic Coffee Farmers Association (or PPKGO) is an organic,
Fair Trade cooperative located in the Gayo highlands of the
Aceh province of Sumatra, Indonesia—an area largely
committed to coffee production. The cooperative was founded in
1997, and became Fair Trade certified in March of 2000.
has been a very busy past few weeks…and the next few
months promise even more activity on the outreach front
for Café Campesino!
the weekend of January 8-9, Tripp and Lee visited our
friends at Phoenix Market in Athens, Georgia and Sevananda
Natural Foods Market in Atlanta to sample our coffee and
talk about Fair Trade with the markets’ customers. While
they were in Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran
a fabulous article about Café Campesino and our Fair
Trade company…follow this link to read the article.
January 22nd, Tripp and Lee will be traveling to Manna
Grocery & Deli in Tuscaloosa to sample our coffee and
talk about fair trade with Manna’s customers.
January 30th, Bill leaves for two months in Guatemala! He
will be working hard and playing hard during this extended
stay. Mornings will be filled with Spanish lessons and in
the afternoon he will occupy a desk in the offices of
Manos Campesinas (well, not every afternoon…) Between
visits with the cooperatives and Spanish school; a few
volcano hikes are planned, a side trip to Chiapas is in
the works, and his parents are headed down in March! Stay
in touch with Bill via bh(at)gofairtrade.net .
February 3rd, Tripp will travel to The Sentient Bean to
participate in a Sumatra Relief fundraising event at the
coffee house’s Savannah locale. The following week,
Tripp will be journeying with his six year old son Hugh to
visit Bill and our producer partners in Guatemala.
on February 12-13, while Bill and Tripp are playing in
Guatemala, Lee will be representing Café Campesino at the
Georgia Organic's annual meeting on the campus of West
Georgia Technical College in Waco, GA. He will be passing
out samples of coffee, selling 1 lb. bags and sampling as
many of the organic goodies available that time will
is an international non-profit organization established to
improve the quality of life for children and families who
live in coffee-growing communities around the world.
Kids has helped thousands of children, women, and men in
coffee-producing regions in Mexico and Central America to
improve the quality of their lives and build more
sustainable communities. Their staff works with local
non-governmental community organizations in Latin America
to create education, health-care, training, and
microenterprise programs for coffee farmers and their
families. Their projects respect the cultural integrity of
local partners, foster independence, and promote long-term
Kids has established the Sumatra Relief Fund to benefit
coffee-farming families in Sumatra affected by the
earthquake and tsunami disaster in the area of Aceh.
Coffee Kids will not take any administration fee. 100% of
your contribution will be sent to the PPKGO cooperative.
You can make a donation online at http://www.coffeekids.org/donate/
learn more about Coffee Kids, visit their website at www.coffeekids.org,
call them toll-free at 1-800-334-9099 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also write to Coffee Kids at at 1305 Luisa St.,
Suite C, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
most urgent question is, what are you doing for
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