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Ah spring! That all too brief period between the gray days of winter and the heat and humidity of a Georgia summer. After the challenges of the March tornado, the Café Campesino staff is looking forward to the rebirth this sweet season offers. But we're not the only community that is rebounding from acts of nature. In this issue of Fair Grounds, Bill Harris talks about his recent visit to Guatemala's Santa Anita cooperative, recovering from two years of poor harvests following 2005's Hurricane Stan. We've also got a Community Caravan update on our spring activities plus a recipe for cappuccino biscotti. Kick back for a few minutes with a mug of your favorite Fair Trade brew and read on...

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This month, we’re offering readers of Fair Grounds a discount on the truly excellent coffee produced by our friends at Santa Anita and roasted to a Full City by Chef Lee. Order any size bag (1, 2, and/or 5 pound) of our Guatemala Full City and get 10% off of the regular listed retail price. Be sure to enter promotional code stanita when prompted at check out or let us know if you call in your order.

Just a reminder... green beans are available for home roasters. Did you know that our Fair Trade, organic green coffee beans are available in 2 and 4 pound bags? In the next few weeks they’ll be available for purchase online; in the meantime though, if you want to place an order, give us a call!

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by Bill Harris

This is the time of year when the members of Cooperative Coffees head out to visit with producer partners throughout Latin America. These are busy months throughout the region that offer a unique opportunity for us to see how our producer partners prepare their coffee for export and to discuss face to face with them our collaboration in the process. For the last three weeks, Bill Harris, founder and co-owner of Café Campesino, has been traveling in Guatemala to meet with our friends at Santa Anita and four other coops with whom Cooperative Coffees works. The following trip report submitted by Bill captures the substance of what we and our producer partners discuss during our visits. It also sheds light on the many issues that we and our producer partners face on an ongoing basis.

As we turned off the cobblestone road into the familiar communal grounds, I tried to remember just how many times I had visited this idyllic cooperative. Is it the beautiful land — or the spirit of the members — or the proximity to Quetzaltenango? Not sure exactly why I end up here so often, but I suspect that I have visited this cooperative more than any other.

Popularly called "Santa Anita" or "Maya Civil," La Asociacion Civil Maya de Productores de Santa Anita, is an organic coffee and banana producer cooperative located on Guatemala's Pacific slope between Quetzaltenango and Coatepeque at an altitude of approximately 3,500 meters. The association at Santa Anita is made up of 32 families of ex-combatants from the 36 year Guatemala civil war. With the signing of the Peace Accords in 1996 the association was able to purchase an abandoned plantation in February of 1998. Approximately 65% of the 130-acre holding is in coffee and banana production — the remaining acres are either too steep for any type of cultivation or have been left purposely in a natural state to conserve the existing ecology.


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Congrats to our own Luz Figueroa and her fellow Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team members at Georgia Southwestern University (GSW)! Last week, Luz’s team beat out 39 other teams from all over the Southeast to win the annual regional SIFE competition in Atlanta. SIFE team members like Luz and her colleagues at GSW leverage their personal educational experiences, the expertise of their faculty advisors, the support of their local business advisory boards, and the resources of their institutions to implement programs that create real economic opportunities for members of their communities. The effectiveness of their programs is judged at competitions like the regional in Atlanta where Luz and her team emerged victorious! At competition, SIFE teams present the results of their educational outreach projects and compete to determine which team was most successful at creating economic opportunity for others. Luz and her SIFE team along with the other league winners will compete at the nationals in Dallas, Texas in early May. Good luck Luz and the rest of the GSW SIFE team!

Last Saturday (April 7th) Tripp, Bill, and Café Campesino friend and supporter Treva Wetherell braved some serious cold weather to serve up Café Campesino coffee and talk Fair Trade at the inaugural City Market on the Green in Macon, Georgia. We’re truly grateful to Naomi Davis, Farm Manager of Davis Farms, Jill Shealy and Bob Burns of Udan Farm, and the rest of the folks there for including Café Campesino and for making us feel so welcome. For anyone within driving distance of Macon, we strongly recommend visiting City Market on the Green in Macon — the setting is beautiful, the people are wonderful and the market is a very comfortable venue showcasing local produce and other goods. Visit the Local Harvest website for more information. We’ll see you there!

Arts in the Park is on… despite the recent tornado’s best effort, it couldn’t stop the annual Arts in the Park celebration in Americus’ own Reese Park. On Saturday, April 21st, Café Campesino will join the rest of our most resilient community from 8 am to 3 pm for this annual event.

Café Campesino is thrilled to be part of the 14th annual BRAG Spring Tune-Up ride on April 27-29, 2007. This year, Bill and Café Campesino compadre Sheila Crowley will be on hand to serve up our famous BRAG Brew along with a number of other treats! BRAG Spring Tune-Up 2007 will begin and end at the Madison Community Park in Madison, Georgia. To learn more about BRAG Spring Tune-Up and other upcoming events, visit the BRAG website.

Mark your calendars and plan something special for World Fair Trade Day 2007! On May 12, join people around the world in celebrating World Fair Trade Day. This year’s theme is "Kids Need Fair Trade," offering opportunities for us to learn how fair trade improves the lives of children in producer countries — and for our children to participate in Fair Trade.

The Fair Trade Resource Network is the national coordinator of World Fair Trade Day in the US, with support from its partners in the fair trade community nationwide. To learn more about World Fair Trade Day and how you can join in the celebration, visit the Fair Trade Resource Network.

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"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'"

~ Robin Williams

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  • March 2007 Out of Adversity, Community by Tripp Pomeroy, How 'bout a Little Green Bean Celebratin'?, Following the Beans to Peru and Back by Bill Harris
  • February 2007 SPutting Our Best Fair Trade Foot Forward, Producer Profile: FECAFEB Bolivia
  • 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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