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We’re like a flower about to bloom…the spring of Fair Trade is here! It’s been a long winter and all of us at Café Campesino are shaking off the chill and revving up for a busy April and a bright year ahead. In this issue of Fair Grounds, Bill writes about his recent travels in Guatemala. You’ll also find some resource information about the upcoming World Fair Trade Day, a complete list of our upcoming activities in Community Caravan (we’re exhausted already just reading about them!) and a new recipe. Grab a steaming mug of your favorite Café Campesino coffee and read on...

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Spring is in the air, and it’s warm enough to go outside, kick back with your favorite cup of Café Campesino, and do a little reading. This month, we have something special to offer A Cafecito Story by Julia Alvarez. Order $50 or more from us and we’ll include a copy of this neat little coffee book for free!

Order $50 or more from us and we’ll include a copy of this neat little coffee book for free! (Be sure to enter promotional code ap06acs when prompted at check out.)

What’s this book about? 
With lyric simplicity, Julia Alvarez tells the complex tale of a social beverage that bridges nations and unites people in trade, in words, in birds, and in love. The story is told through the eyes of Joe, a Nebraska farmer. While on holiday in the Dominican Republic, Joe learns from Miguel and other campesinos the important role of coffee in global trade, environmental degradation, and endangered songbird habitat. Initially overwhelmed, Joe eventually learns to live compatibly with the natural world. Human communication, in the form of written word, the spoken word, and the shared cup of coffee gives him the power to face life's challenges one cup at a time.

To make sure you get your just reward for reading this month’s edition of Fair Grounds, be sure to enter promotional code ap06acs when prompted at check out and if you’ve ordered $50 or more, you’ll not only get a great cup of coffee but a great read as well! p.s.A Cafecito Story is also a wonderful, caffeine-free way to introduce the little ones to the world of coffee!

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by Bill Harris

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala — I joined a group of wary locals who were gathered around the bus driver, carefully watching to make sure that each piece of the brake drum and tire assembly which were scattered about found a proper home. The bus driver and his buddy were putting the final touches on the brake repair as I had walked up to the bus and asked “is this the next bus for Colomba?” The driver enthusiastically responded “Si! Si!” and told me that we would be on the road in 10 minutes... He smiled as he saw my eyes roaming over all of the parts. I tried in vain to summon the appropriate Spanish in order to convey “Please, please do not rush — I am not in a hurry and really hope that you repair those brakes correctly.” Instead I just said “bueno” and trusted that it was also in the driver's best interest to get those brakes repaired properly before we descended 3,000 feet down Guatemala's Pacific slope.

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We mentioned in the last edition of Fair Grounds that April is looking to be a busy, busy month…well, we weren’t kidding! Read on for a glimpse of this “real-time” Community Caravan at its best!

Monday April 3rd Tripp set out bright and early for Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport to pick up a delegation of extraordinary folks from Peru, including Esperanza Dionisio Castillo, the general manager of Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa Ltda. (CAC Pangoa), from whom we buy our Fair Trade, organic Peruvian coffee. Accompanying Esperanza were Marcial Lazo Mucha, Mario Chacon Acuna of the Green Development Foundation’s Progresso Coffee Program (to learn more about this program, visit www.greendevelopment.nl/progreso) and, Elizabeth Villa Junco, the general manager of Central de Productores Agroecologicos Pichanaki, CEPROAP, Pichanaki, Chanchamayo, PERU. CEPROAP is an umbrella organization of coffee producer organizations from the district of Pichanaki. Established in 2000, CEPROAP currently has 39 producer associations Ander its roof with a total of 904 small-scale producer members with over 11,000 acres of coffee under cultivation

Bill and Wilman Sotelo, a member of the technical assistance team working with our producer partners at Fondo Paez in Colombia, later joined Tripp and the Peruvian delegation to present a Fair Trade Producer Partner Perspective at Sevananda Natural Foods Market.

Tuesday, April 4th Our friends from Peru and Colombia are in Americus for meetings, a little coffee cupping, and grits (of course), then later in the day the Peruvian delegation splits off for a visit to our friends at Larry’s Beans.

Wednesday, April 5th Tripp and Wilman are off to visit South Georgia Technical College for a morning of dialogue with students and faculty there. After they’ve wrapped up their visit, they’ll pile into Bill’s hybrid Honda to journey to Charlotte, where they will spend the rest of the week at this year’s SCAA conference and meet with fellow members of Cooperative Coffees.

Saturday, April 15th Tripp heads off to the Sentient Bean in Savannah, prodigious purveyors of Café Campesino coffee (and loyal Fair Trade allies) to cup coffee with the Bean’s staff and customers between 5:30 and 7:00. Following the cupping, Sentient Bean barista Linda Reno will present Fair Trade & Community in Guatemala, a one-hour presentation and photographic exposition of her recent experience visiting with our producer partners in Guatemala. If you find yourself in Savannah for the weekend, be sure to visit the Sentient Bean for Linda’s presentation and a cup of Café Campesino coffee. For more information, visit www.sentientbean.com.

Friday April 28th through the 30th It’s that time again…Geoffrey is heading out to serve up Café Campesino and, this year, Guayaki Yerba Mate Lattes and Chai lattes, to the folks riding in this year’s Bicycle Ride Across Georgia's Spring Tune-Up in Madison, Georgia. For more info about this annual event, visit www.brag.org.

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Organizations and individuals around the world will support Fair Trade by taking part in this year’s World Fair Trade Day on May 13th.

The Fair Trade movement continues to grow rapidly, attracting more and more supporters who bring innovation and energy to the cause. As proud supporters of World Fair Trade Day, Café Campesino and our fellow Cooperative Coffees members are deeply committed to making Fair Trade work for more small producers. Our experience has taught us that the development of Fair Trade depends upon the creative thinking and problem solving as well as the concerted, coordinated efforts of consumers and Fair Trade businesses alike.

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

a photo showing your "Café Campesino Pride.” This could be anything – a photo of you holding a bag of Café Campesino coffee, a photo showing that you took your Café Campesino on the road — use your imagination!
— 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: April 28th

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"Fair Trade supports some of the most bio-diverse farming systems in the world. When you visit a Fair Trade coffee grower's fields, with the forest canopy overhead and the sound of migratory songbirds in the air, it feels like you're standing in the rainforest."

— Professor Miguel Altieri, leading expert and author on agroecology

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  • March 2006 Café Campesino Teams Up with Guayakí, On The Road With CRS in Nicaragua by Michael Sheridan, Call to Action: Global Exchange Reality Tours
  • February 2006 True Love is Café Campesino, Café Campesino Honored at GA Sustainable Business Day, Call to Action: Bioneers
  • 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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