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Wow – 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!

Here’s what’s in store…

On 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 Campesino!

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This month’s special is long overdue and is one of our long-standing favorite single varietals: Colombia, which is produced by our dynamic producer partners at Fondo Paez in southwest Colombia. Fondo Paez’ coffee has excellent balance, with a rich and creamy body, and sweet, mellow fruity/chocolaty flavor. Order our Medium Roast and/or Dark Roast of Colombia this month and receive 10% off of the regular listed price(s). Please use promotion code col805 when prompted at check out.

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(Sources: Cooperative Coffees & Alternative Grounds)

Founded: 1992
Coffee: Arabica SHB, Organic Certified by ECOCERT SA
Location: Southwest Region of Colombia

Fondo 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.


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Even 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!

We’d 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!

As 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.

On 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.

From 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 movement. If 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.

Finally, 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.

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Café 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.

Additionally, 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.

We 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.”

If 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.

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Pachamama, A World of Artisans

Café 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.

A 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 labor movement. 

Pachamama 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 climate.

To learn more about Pachamama, A World of Artisans, visit their website at www.pachamamaworld.com, email them at info@pachamamaworld.com or give them a call at 831-427-0889.

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We're giving away coffee! 

Think you know a lot about coffee? This month's intriguing question can be found here. Entering is easy and it's FUN!

Carol Anderson is the winner of last month's Coffee Knowledge Crossword Puzzle. The two-word puzzle answer was "Fair Trade". Congratulations, Carol!

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"Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night"

-- Hal Borland

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  • July 2005 Harrar Joins Our Coffee Lineup, Producer Profile: Ethiopia's OCFCU, Fair Trade on the Home Front
  • June 2005 Sumatra Update: June 2005 provided by Thomas Fricke, ForesTrade, National Fair Trade Conference, Fair Trade Partner: Three Frontiers Trading Co.
  • May 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
  • April 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
  • March 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
  • February 2005 Meeting Our Guatemala Partners Face to Face, Producer Profile: APECAFORM, Customer Spotlight: Mayflower Coffee Company, Fair Trade Partner: CoffeeTradeJustice.com
  • January 2005 Tragedy's Wake: Update From Sumatra, Producer Profile: PPKGO Cooperative
  • December 2004 Mexico: Notes From the Field, Customer Spotlight: Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Partner: Cloudforest Initiatives
  • 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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