– is summer already winding down? With heat index
readings in excess of 100 degrees, we at Café Campesino
are chomping at the bit for a bit of relief…but even if
the hot temperatures persist, the events we have lined up
for the next several weeks are sure to take our mind off
of this sweltering weather!
what’s in store…
September 2nd, Tripp and Bill head to Guatemala for
Cooperative Coffee’s annual meeting. Then, on September
24th and 25th, we’ll be in Washington, DC, exhibiting at
this year’s Green Festival, during which, on Saturday,
September 25th at 3:30 we and fellow members of
Cooperative Coffees will be hosting a Fair Trade Workshop.
Right after our return from the Green Festival, Bill and
Tripp head off to Chicago to participate in the National
Fair Trade Futures Conference from September 30th to
October 2nd — if you plan on attending and haven’t yet
registered, now’s the time! To learn more about these
exciting happenings, read on in this issue’s Community
Caravan. Also in this month's Fair Grounds, we present a
profile of Colombian cooperative Fondo Paez, spotlight our
friends at Eatonton, GA's Apoteca, and profile Fair Trade
partner Pachamama. Enjoy with an iced cup of Café
Cooperative Coffees & Alternative Grounds)
Coffee: Arabica SHB, Organic Certified by ECOCERT SA
Location: Southwest Region of Colombia
Paez was founded in 1992 with the primary goal of
recuperating traditional indigenous agricultural
knowledge. With more than 1000 farmer members, Fondo
Paez encompasses 28 communities in the southwest region of
Colombia. Fondo Paez is governed by a general assembly and
belongs to a larger community named Nasa.
though there’s a lot to cover in this month’s
Community Caravan, we would first like to welcome Kristy
Nickerson to the Café Campesino family. Kristy joined us
as our administrative assistant earlier this month and
we’re thrilled that she’s on board. She is a native of
Smithville, GA and has settled in Americus to pursue her
degree in Business Management at Georgia Southwestern
University. Welcome Kristy!
like to thank our friends in Highlands, North Carolina,
for including Café Campesino in their first ever Fair
Trade Awareness Weekend on August 12-14! Breta Stroud
single-handedly set up this extraordinary weekend, which
Lee and Tripp spent sampling Café Campesino fair trade
coffee and talking Fair Trade with the good people of
Highlands. We are also grateful to Buck’s for hosting
the main events at their bustling coffee shop. Buck’s is
the real thing, so if you get to Highlands, stop there
first — yes, the coffee is delicious, but the ambiance
and people make it a great place to recuperate!
Finally, we’d like to thank Tom and Linda Clarke, who
graciously opened their beautiful mountain-side home to
Lee and Tripp for the weekend. In addition to their
home’s extraordinary beauty and warmth and direct view
of some of North Carolina’s most inspiring mountains, we
appreciate the one-on-one experience Lee and Tripp had
evicting a rogue raccoon who made its way into the
Clarke’s pantry via the cat’s door. It was the trail
of flour out the walkway and the raccoon’s revisit to
the crime scene afterwards that gave Lee and Tripp what
they needed to vindicate the cat and assign responsibility
to the true culprit…rascally raccoon!
you read in the opening of this month’s Fair Grounds,
Tripp and Bill are heading off to Quetzaltenango and Santa
Anita Guatemala where they will participate in Cooperative
Coffee’s annual meeting. From September 2nd through the
9th, Coop Coffees members will gather with our producer
partners to listen, learn and plan for the future.
September 24th and 25th, Lee, Bill and Tripp head to Washington,
DC, for the 2005 Green Festival, which is being held in
the DC Convention Center. We’ll be in booth number 324,
so stop by to say hello, sample some coffee and meet like-minded folks from all over. To learn more about this
year’s Green Festival, visit www.greenfestivals.com.
September 30 to October 2, 2005 Tripp and Bill will be in
Chicago, IL for the Fair Trade Futures Conference,
designed to strengthen Fair Trade mission-driven
organizations and attract customers and activists to the
you are interested in joining us, please visit http://www.fairtradefutures.org
where you can learn more about the conference and register
to attend. The National Fair Trade Conference is sponsored
by: A Greater Gift/SERRV, Catholic Relief Services,
Cooperative Coffees, Equal Exchange, Lutheran World
Relief, Oxfam America and Ten Thousand Villages.
on October 2nd through the 5th, Geoffrey will be
serving Café Campesino in Newnan, Georgia, at the 2005
BRAG Georgia BikeFest. A Café Campesino tradition, the
Fall BRAG is sure to be another hit for bike and coffee
enthusiasts alike. To learn more, visit www.brag.org.
Campesino is truly pleased to feature our friends at
Apoteca, located about an hour southeast of Atlanta, in
this month’s Fair Grounds Customer Spotlight.
Apoteca, a natural body care and supplement shop, opened
this past Spring in the Lake Oconee area. It is unique in
that all products meet European standards for safety and
efficacy, standards that are far higher than those
mandated by the US FDA. “We have already done the
homework, so customers can walk through the door and feel
good about our product choices,” says Stacey Johnson.
The strict ingredient guidelines led Apoteca to stock many
European and Pacific Island lines, including Dr. Hauschka,
Lavera, Logona, Weleda, Bod, Trilogy and Decleor. Vitamins
are also carefully screened so that they contain no
artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or fillers.
Apoteca makes an effort to carry products from companies
that are environmentally and socially responsible, a
philosophy that led them to Café Campesino Fair Trade
coffees. All teas carried are Fair Trade and they are also
considering the addition of Fair Trade chocolate.
have really enjoyed educating customers on Fair Trade
business practices,” commented Brynn Horne, Apoteca
associate. People love to sample the Café Campesino
coffees in the store, and they are always impressed with
the quality and aromas.”
you are anywhere near Atlanta, we recommend making a visit
to Apoteca, located at 114 Harmony
Crossing, Suite 3, Eatonton, GA 31204. Their telephone
number is 706-923-0330.
A World of Artisans
Campesino is delighted to feature our friends at Pachamama
in this month’s issue of Fair Grounds. Located in Santa
Cruz, CA, Pachamama,
A World of Artisans, is a Fair Trade organization
dedicated to working towards economic justice through
educating consumers about the importance of purchasing
Fair Trade products.
member of the Fair Trade Federation, Pachamama is developing
conscious consumerism through Fair Trade via: 1)
the sale of Fair Trade products - fostering Fair Trade
relationships with artisans worldwide, educating the
consumer about the high quality products these artisans
create and selling them at home parties, online and during
special events; 2) the production of Fair Trade events -
producing an annual Fair Trade Expo in Santa Cruz, CA and
other cities; 3) conducting Fair Trade tours - organizing
Fair Trade tours to cooperatives overseas in order to
allow people to see first hand the affects their purchases
have on people around the world; 4) providing Fair Trade
education - presenting the issues about Fair Trade, the
problems with NAFTA & CAFTA (Free Trade Agreements of
the Americas) and Corporate Exploitation to educate
friends, family, co-workers, employees and customers and;
5) publishing a monthly e-newsletter to help keep the
public updated on issues focused on Fair Trade and the
means Mother Earth. It is from the Quechua language which
is spoken by the Quechuan people in the Andean region of
Latin America. It is spoken today by approximately 13
million people in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Northern Chile,
Argentina, and Southern Colombia. It was the official
language of Tawantinsuyu, the Inca Empire. The Quechuan
people honor Pachamama's power and good humor towards
people and their necessities, which is one of the main
aspects of survival in the Andean regions with hard
learn more about Pachamama, A World of Artisans, visit
their website at www.pachamamaworld.com,
email them at email@example.com
or give them a call at 831-427-0889.
giving away coffee!
you know a lot about coffee? This month's intriguing
question can be found here. Entering is easy
and it's FUN!
Anderson is the winner of last month's
Coffee Knowledge Crossword Puzzle. The two-word
puzzle answer was "Fair Trade". Congratulations,
ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise
would have high tide always and a full moon every
2005 Harrar Joins Our Coffee Lineup, Producer Profile: Ethiopia's
OCFCU, Fair Trade on the Home Front
2005 Sumatra Update: June 2005 provided by Thomas
Fricke, ForesTrade, National Fair Trade Conference, Fair Trade Partner: Three Frontiers Trading Co.
2005 Producer Profile: ACMPASA Santa Anita, Top 10 Ways to Support Fair Trade, Customer Spotlight: Crimson Moon Café, Fair Trade Partner: Fair Trade Resource Network
2005 An Eye-Opening Trip to Guatemala by Bill Harris, Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Coffee Program, Manna Grocery and Deli, La Esmeralda Stove Project
2005 Insights From Our Guatemala Producer Partners by Tripp Pomeroy, Take Us To Your Coffeehouse!, Customer Spotlight: The Sentient Bean, Fair Trade Partner: Mexico Solidarity Network
2005 Meeting Our Guatemala Partners Face to Face, Producer Profile: APECAFORM, Customer Spotlight: Mayflower Coffee Company, Fair Trade Partner: CoffeeTradeJustice.com
2005 Tragedy's Wake: Update From Sumatra, Producer Profile: PPKGO Cooperative
2004 Mexico: Notes From the Field, Customer
Spotlight: Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Partner:
2004 Conscious Consumption: A Personal Perspective, Customer Spotlight: Oyamel - Cocina
Mexicana, Fair Trade Partner: Three Frontiers Trading Co.
2004 A Mission...Not a Market: The 2004 Vote: Making it Work
Producer News: CECOCAFEN in the Off Season, Customer Spotlight: The Healthy Gourmet
Producer Profile: Cooperativa Café Timor, Fair Trade Friends: Marketplace of India
A Fair Trade Reality Check, Fair Trade Friends: Tribal
Fiber, Coffee Lab International
The Promise of Fair Trade, Fair Trade Friend: Global
Fair Trade at the Carter Center, SCAA meeting.
Coffee and Community in Nicaragua, Fair Trade in Americus Makes the News!
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
Back Roads Journal: Travels in Fair Trade; Customer
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