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OK, so by now you've probably noticed that there was no Fair Grounds newsletter in January. No, we didn't forget about it. Instead, we've been working on improving the newsletter content and delivery. On the content end, you'll find a couple of new features. One is a new column (the first of several) called Call to Action, in which we spotlight businesses that are "walking the walk" not just "talking the talk." The other is a perky sidebar called Stimulating Coffee Fact o' the Month. This will be a place to find interesting facts about coffee — either of an agricultural, scientific, or social (political) nature. And give our new contest a try...After three years of coffee trivia contests, the trivia samovar has run dry so we felt it was time for something new. Now we'd like you to Show Your Café Campesino Pride. Send us a photo of you with your favorite Café Campesino brew. Write us a love letter (it doesn't have to be long). Compose a coffee poem or haiku (we particularly like the haiku idea). Be creative! Every month, we'll pick one entrant at random to win a pound of their favorite Café Campesino coffee. 

From a delivery standpoint, we're now sending the Café Campesino newsletter out at the beginning of each month, rather than in the middle. This should alleviate any confusion about how long the monthly newsletter special or contest lasts, and allow us to better manage our own internal operations. 

So, with that said, welcome to Fair Grounds, 2006 style. We hope you like it. 

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We created this unique blend of coffee for that critical first cup each morning (actually, it's a blend designed specifically for the traditionally caffeinated Bike Ride Across Georgia). Whether you're getting up to jog a few miles, read the morning paper or dash off to work, this robust blend of Guatemala Full City, Sumatra Full City, and Nicaragua Dark will most definitely do the trick! Click here to order...be sure to enter discount code bg206 at checkout.

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Valentine's Day may be right around the corner, but that isn't grounds to settle for that ho-hum box of chocolates for your main squeeze. Not when there's the Café Campesino Valentine Gift Box! We've put together a tasty little collection of treats to please even the most discriminating friend or lover — a one-pound bag of Café Campesino's exotic Ethiopia Harrar Full City coffee, a 12 oz. tin of exquisite Dagoba Hot Chocolate Mix, and a CD titled Musicians, Poets & Farmers, recorded by talented Nicaraguan musicians who are also Fair Trade farmers and produced by our friends at Larry's Beans. All wholesale profits from the CD will be dispersed through CAFENICA, an umbrella organization representing over 7,000 Nicaraguan Fair Trade farmers. So, just imagine: a delicious mug of Café Campesino Organic Fair Trade coffee lovingly enhanced with a splash of hot chocolate, some truly beautiful music on the CD player and…well, use your imagination! 

Give your sweetie a Valentine's Day experience that's truly special — give Café Campesino! To order, click here and select the 2005 Valentine Gift Box.

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On Wednesday, January 25th, Bill and Tripp set up shop in the Georgia State Capitol building to serve up Café Campesino and participate in Georgia's annual Sustainable Business Day, hosted by Senator Jeff Mullis, Representative Pat Gardner, Georgia's Department of Economic Development, and Sustainable Business Partners, a resource center for sustainable businesses.

This special event saluted innovative Georgia businesses like Café Campesino that are not only contributing to the state's economic growth, but are also reducing waste and improving air and water quality for all Georgians. With great flourish (as befits an occasion of this kind) Representative Pat Gardner, member of the Committee on Natural Resources and Environment, and Senator Jeff Mullis, Chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee, introduced a resolution commending the selected Georgia companies for their "outstanding citizenship and for creating innovative solutions and business models." 

Rep. Gardner commented: "As more people move to Georgia, greater demands are placed on our natural resources. I am introducing this resolution to make the point that it is time for our state's leadership to encourage innovation that accommodates the need for both economic development and environmental protection." Polly Sattler, President of Sustainable Business Partners added, "These businesses are models of innovation, environmental responsibility and good business operations. They turn problems into profit."

At Café Campesino, we're brimming with pride to be a part of Georgia's sustainable future.

Source: Sustainable Business Partners. For more information contact Polly Sattler at 404-872-2872.

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Tripp is headed to Nicaragua from February 5th through the 12th as part of a 15-person delegation headed by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) that will bring together Nicaraguan farmers, CRS staff, Fair Trade companies, and consumers to build the kind of direct relationships that are at the heart of the Fair Trade model. Though most of the time will be spent on coffee farms with members of CRS-supported cooperatives, participants in the weeklong visit will also meet with local Church representatives and CRS partners. Tripp will peel off from the delegation at the end of the week to meet with our friends at CECOCAFEN.

On February 10th, Geoffrey is heading to the new Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center located 20 miles east of Atlanta in Mansfield, Georgia, to proudly serve Café Campesino coffee and exhibit at the 9th Annual Georgia Organics Conference. With more than 25 cutting edge workshops, in-depth educational sessions, farm tours, a candidates forum, children's programs, a trade show and the ever popular Organic Banquet, it’s a jam-packed event. See www.georgiaorganics.org/events/ for conference details.

Then, on February 24th, Mr. Pomeroy goes to Washington for CoffeeFest at the DC Convention Center. This is our first time doing the show in DC and we’re pumped. We’ll be exhibiting at the three-day event, billed as one of the most dynamic coffee trade shows in the country. Tripp is taking Geoffrey and Lee along and the intrepid travelers will be serving up some fine coffee, talking Fair Trade and explaining why every restaurant, natural food market and coffee house in the Mid-Atlantic should be serving Café Campesino coffee. If you should happen to be in the area, you’ll find us at Booth #516. To learn more about the show, visit www.coffeefest.com.

In mid-February, Bill begins his annual sabbatical to Xela, Guatemala. Ordinarily, this would be a chance for Willie to recharge his batteries, but between visiting with our producer cooperatives in the Western Highlands of Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico and working on Cooperative Coffees’ matters, Bill’s trip promises to be more work than play. Tenga un buen viaje, Guillermo!

With great joy, Café Campesino welcomes our new fulfillment dynamo Maty de Barrios! Originally from Huixtla in Chiapas, Mexico, Maty and her family moved to Americus nine years ago. Between her inspiring work ethic and positive, happy attitude, we consider ourselves quite fortunate to have Maty on board. 

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In this new column, Café Campesino shines the spotlight on like-minded individuals or organizations that are putting their beliefs into action for the betterment of all. This month, we introduce you to Bioneers. 

Some people have to follow a dream and for Kenny Ausubel, that dream was saving the environment. In 1990, he founded The Collective Heritage Institute, aka Bioneers, to conduct educational and economic development programs on ways to conserve biological and cultural diversity, traditional farming practices, and environmental restoration. Bioneers’ broad vision of environment encompasses the natural landscape, cultivated landscape, biodiversity, cultural diversity, watersheds, community economics, and spirituality. They seek to unite nature, culture and spirit in an Earth-honoring vision, and create economic models founded in social justice.


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If you're passionate about Café Campesino, show it! Send us:

— a photo showing your "Café Campesino Pride."
— a short written testimonial about how much you love us
— an original coffee poem or haiku (three lines, 5 syllables in the first, 7 in the second, 5 in the last) 

Each month, we will choose one entry to appear in the following Fair Grounds newsletter. If we choose yours, you’ll win a pound of your favorite Café Campesino coffee. Please send your entry to info@cafecampesino.com

Contest ends: February 27th. 

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With the annual football ritual known as the Super Bowl coming up, we thought this was appropriate:

"It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever - the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it."

— Vincent Lombardi

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  • December 2005 Celebrating a Great Fair Trade Year, Fair Trade Partner: Café Conciencia, Fair Trade Partner: No Sweat Apparel
  • November 2005 Gearing Up For the Holiday Season, Café Campesino Community Caravan, Show Your Café Campesino Pride and Win!, Return of the Monarch Butterfly
  • October 2005 Hurricane Stan Ravages Our Guatemalan Friends, Report From the Fair Trade Futures Conference, Customer Spotlight: Sobornost for the World Foundation's World Village Fair Trade Market, Fair Trade Partner: Maya Tech Learning Centers
  • September 2005 Cooperative Coffees and Producers Meet in Guatamala by Tripp Pomeroy, Café Campesino's General ManagerSupport OXFAM - Support Fair Trade, Customer Spotlight: Rainbow Natural Grocery, Fair Trade Partner: A Different Approach
  • August 2005 Producer Profile: Fondo Paez, Customer Spotlight: Apoteca, Fair Trade Partner: Pachamama, A World of Artisans
  • 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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