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We’ve kicked off 2007 in true Fair Trade form... with an unforgettable visit to our dynamo producer partners CAC Pangoa in Peru, the addition of a new trading partner and their coffee to our Fair Trade family, and a line-up of events over the next few months that is sure to keep us movin' and groovin'. In this issue, we're delighted to introduce you to our newest trading partners, the Federation of Exporting Coffee Producers (FECAFEB) of the Caranavi region in Bolivia along with their sweet, bright, smooth-bodied premium coffee. FYI... this month’s Fair Grounds special? You guessed it... our new Bolivia Dark Roast. Also this month, you'll find a Community Caravan update and a Valentine's Day coffee recipe. So, sit back, bundle up, pour yourself a hot cup-o-Café Campesino java, and read on about the great things that are happening at Café Campesino and the world of Fair Trade!

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Roaster Lee has opted to roast this new addition to our lineup to the darker side of dark. So for all of our customers who have been asking for another dark roast option, here you go. Purchase our new Bolivia Dark Roast in our 1, 2, and/or 5 lb bag and get 10% off of the posted retail price. To take advantage of this newsletter discount, please enter promotional code bolivia2007 when prompted upon checkout (if ordering online) or be sure to provide the promotional code if ordering by telephone.

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Want to treat your sweetie on Valentine's Day? Try our special Valentine’s Day Gift Box. This year, we've put together a tasty little collection of treats to please even the most discriminating friend or lover this Valentine's Day — a one-pound bag of Café Campesino's delightfully smooth Peru Full City coffee, a 12 oz. tin of exquisite Dagoba Hot Authentic Chocolate Mix, and a box of Guayakí Orange Blossom Mate - $21.95 plus shipping and tax (if applicable) Order yours here.

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Source: www.coopcoffees.com

The Federation of Exporting Coffee Producers (FECAFEB) was founded in 1991 as a national organization to defend the rights and needs of small-scale coffee farmers. FECAFEB has taken huge steps forward and seems to be right in stride with the new Bolivian political reality in support of Indigenous voice and rights. FECAFEB is currently comprised of 30 coffee producer organizations, representing some 8,700 families. FECAFEB and its member coops have developed in important ways, including: the consolidation of its now 30 cooperative members; a widespread training program for administrative, leadership and quality control improvements offered to 470 cooperative leaders old and new; creating a political space for the voice of small-scale coffee producers to be heard and amplified; and in the sale of 120 containers of coffee primarily into the Fair Trade, Organic and other specialty markets.


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CAC Pangoa VisitTripp returned from Peru a few days ago while Bill traveled on from there to visit our Fair Trade friends at Fondo Paez in Colombia. Once Bill is back and both he and Tripp have had a chance to reflect on what they agree was a truly special experience with our friends at CAC Pangoa, they’ll put together an in-depth trip report along with plenty of photos to share in next month’s edition of Fair Grounds. Between now and then though, everyone should know that the people of CAC Pangoa are the genuine article, a living, breathing example of what Fair Trade can accomplish when driven by dynamic, cooperative relationships and guided by the core principles of Fair Trade. The photo (left) features Tripp, Bill and CAC Pangoa general manager and Fair Trade dynamo Esperanza Dionisio Castillo with our gracious hosts and CAC Pangoa members Adolfo Ñaco and Teofilo Mahuanca of the native community of Mazaronquiari in Rio Blanco/Parua. Intrigued? Stay tuned for more in the March edition of Fair Grounds.

Sustainable Business Day: January 25, 2007Last Thursday, Tripp and our friend Sheila Crowley served up Café Campesino and talked Fair Trade once again at the annual Sustainable Business Day event held in the Georgia State Capitol Building. Café Campesino and dozens of other “green” Georgia businesses showcased an impressive range of products and services to the state’s legislators and the plethora of staff, lobbyists, and constituents who filled the halls of the Capitol building. Georgia Representative Pat Gardner, member of the Committee on Natural Resources and Environment, and Senator Jeff Mullis, Chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee, introduced resolutions supporting the position that innovative businesses can help conserve resources that are crucial for the future of Georgia’s economy. After the legislators had introduced their resolutions, Café Campesino friend, neighbor, and Representative Mike Cheokas took the floor and, after distributing Café Campesino brochures to all 180 members of the legislature, introduced Café Campesino to the members, acknowledging Café Campesino for its work as Georgia’s Fair Trade, organic coffee roaster. Thank you Representative Cheokas for your support! We’d also like to thank Sen. Hooks for once again meeting with us at the Capitol and for his longstanding support of Café Campesino. Who knows…maybe Café Campesino will some day be the coffee of choice in our fine state’s Capitol rotunda! To learn more about the visionary group that made Georgia Sustainable Business Day happen, visit: http://inspiringfutures.org/balle.

On Saturday, February 24th, Café Campesino will be hosting our friends Michael Sheridan, CRS’ Fair Trade Program officer, and Dorothy Grillo, Director of CRS’ Southeast Regional office, along with approximately 20 other folks from the region for a one-day training program entitled Train the Trainer. This one day workshop is designed to help attendees, including most, if not all of the Café Campesino staff, to build their skills and become more effective advocates for Fair Trade. Given CRS’ leadership in the Fair Trade movement and their support of 100% Fair Traders like Café Campesino, we’re certain that this event is just the first of many to come! To learn more about the CRS Fair Trade Program, visit: http://www.crsfairtrade.org/.

Spring is just around the corner, so heads up. In March, Café Campesino will be participating in Georgia Organics Annual Conference, ramping up for our annual coffee service at BRAG’s Spring Tune Up, and gearing up for a summer of activities that spread the good word of Fair Trade via a tasty cup of Café Campesino coffee.

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"To laugh often and love much...to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one's self...this is to have succeeded."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • December 2006 Santa Anita Update, Looking Back on Another Great Fair Trade Year, Fair Trade Partner: Guayakí's Mate Bevolution
  • November 2006 Black Gold: A Fair Trade Film, Producer Profile: Ethiopia's Oromia Co-op
  • October 2006 The Power of 100: A Fair Trade Harvest, Corazón Abriendo: A Multimedia Event
  • September 2006 For the Love of Big Yella, Many Paths to the Top by Café Campesino's Bill Harris
  • August 2006 The Golden Rule of Fair Trade by Tripp Pomeroy, Café Campesino's General Manager
  • July 2006 The Fair Tradin' Cross Road Blues by Bill Harris, Café Campesino President
  • June 2006 2006 World Fair Trade Day - Americus Style, Building Community Right Here at Home by Bren Dubay, Director, Koinonia Farm
  • May 2006 What Fair Trade Is All About, By Tripp Pomeroy, Ten Ways to Celebrate World Fair Trade Day
  • April 2006 Bill's Spring Break Travels Part I by Bill Harris, Call to Action: World Fair Trade Day
  • 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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