heat is on its way and despite several 90 degree days
already, Café Campesino is ramping up for a busy, busy
summer 2007! We have a full calendar of activities and
events for the next several weeks, including a visit from
our friends at Ten Thousand Villages in Atlanta, morning
coffee responsibilities at Coffee Fest Atlanta,
preparations for BRAG 2007 and its routing through
Americus, and Paddle Georgia – all of which you can read
all about in our Community Caravan.
In this issue of Fair Grounds, we also offer a few
ideas on how to celebrate World Fair Trade
Day 2007, an update about the great things our friends
at Maya Tech Learning Centers are
doing in Guatemala, and instructions on how to whip up a
batch of homemade Café Campesino coffee ice cream to stay
one step ahead of the heat. So find a cool spot, ice down
your favorite Café Campesino brew and read on...
month, in celebration of summer's arrival, we’re
shipping on all orders of $35.00 or more for readers
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sure to mention the promo code to whomever takes your
year, on and around May 12th, 2007, Fair Trade supporters
worldwide will celebrate the many ways that Fair Trade
creates economic opportunity and development for people
and communities most disadvantaged by conventional trade.
Check out these ten ideas for celebrating World Fair Trade
Educate yourself and your community.
Read up on Fair Trade at on the Café
Campesino website and the website for the Fair
Trade Federation. Make your own posters or leaflets
and help spread the message!
Buy Fair Trade Products.
Be informed when buying products. Fair Trade products help
disadvantaged artisans and farmers lift themselves out of
poverty. Fair Trade only works if empowered consumers buy
Fair Trade products!
Take Part in World Fair Trade Day Events.
The Fair Trade concept/movement will be celebrated
worldwide throughout May. Attend an event to learn more
about Fair Trade and how you can actively contribute to
the Fair Trade movement. There are World Fair Trade events
happening throughout the country, or check out Community
Caravan for events that Café Campesino is either
taking part in or hosting.
Hold Your Own Fair Trade Day Event.
Sponsor your own event at a local library, conduct a
"teach in" at an educational institution or
promote Fair Trade at a business event.
Make plans to host (at some future date) a Fair Trade Fair
featuring fairly traded handcrafts, coffee, tea and
chocolate from around the world. Every sale benefits the
artisans and farmers who made the items—and your parish
and community members get high-quality products.
Host a Fair Trade coffee hour/coffee break
at your church or office. Brew up a pot of Café Campesino
coffee and share information about Fair Trade with your
friends and colleagues.
Start a Fair Trade Buying Club
so members can purchase Fair Trade coffee, tea and cocoa
to use in their homes and offices.
Write a Letter to the Editor
of your local newspaper about the benefits of Fair Trade.
Organize your campus, community, local schools, and
with the Fair
Trade Action Pack (PDF) from Global Exchange. Advocate
for Fair Trade in campus dining halls, businesses,
companies, faith-based groups, workplaces, and more. Ask
your local grocery stores and cafés to carry Café
Stock up on Fair Trade gifts
for upcoming special occasions—weddings, confirmations,
baptisms, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.
more Fair Trade resources, check out the Fair
Trade Resource Network’s website.
October of 2005, we introduced you to our friends Karen
and Camilo Macario, and their organization Maya Tech
Learning Centers, Inc. (MTLC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization based in Bellbrook, Ohio facilitating
education and technology to underserved communities in
rural Guatemala. Stateside, MTLC promotes cultural
awareness through projects and displays of Guatemalan and
opening their first community center in Nahualá,
Guatemala in 2004, where Maya Tech offers formal computer
courses accredited by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education
and provides an internet café and children's library for
the community, Maya Tech has been extremely busy. New
programming this year matches high school Spanish students
with students at the computer center in a cultural
exchange through writing called "e-pals."
we celebrate World Fair Trade Day 2007, we would like to
acknowledge our friends at Maya Tech who, rather than
trying to replace the culture and heritage of the Mayan
communities with new technology, are committed to
providing new technology while ensuring that their
projects honor the Mayan heritage and build on the sense
of community that is so important to all the residents.
ways to get involved, contact Karen Macario, Maya Tech
Learning Centers, Inc., PO Box 139, Bellbrook, OH 45305,
call her at 937-654-0669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
spent May 5th in Atlanta
serving great coffee and talking Fair Trade at the Slow
Foods “The New Q...... a Twist on Old School
Barbeque" event that was designed to spotlight
sustainable farms, heritage breed farmers and the chefs
who support them. All proceeds were donated to the Atlanta
Community Food Bank. Slow
Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic
member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to
counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of
local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in
the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and
how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Today,
they have over 80,000 members all over the world!
Saturday, May 19th, our friends from Ten
Thousand Villages in Atlanta will be
visiting us at the roastery to see how we roast our coffee
and talk about Fair Trade.
June 1st to the 3rd, the Café Campesino crew
will be at this year’s Coffee Fest in Atlanta, not only
as exhibitors but also as the event’s Morning Coffee
sponsor. Anyone who is in the area, please stop in and
visit us – we’re in booth 307! For more information,
9th through June 16th: It’s time for Bike
Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) again and Café Campesino will
be serving coffee and snacks as usual. Riders will begin
in Columbus and end in Savannah, but not before spending
the night in Americus on June 10th. We’re thrilled to
have the good folks of BRAG biking through our town this
year and are finalizing our plans to show 'em hospitality,
Café Campesino-style. Check out our bulletin board on our
home page or the BRAG
website for the latest information about activities for
the BRAG crew during their trip through Americus.
do Café Campesino, Fair Trade and Georgia's rivers have
in common? Paddle Georgia! From
June 23rd through the 29th, Paddle Georgia
offers paddling enthusiasts a unique opportunity to gather
for daily trips averaging 17 miles, nightly camping with
meals, games, entertainment and educational programs,
scientific research including chemical and biological
water monitoring, tours of industrial facilities and
historic sites, and scientific research including chemical
and biological water monitoring. Café Campesino will be
serving coffee to participants in this year’s week-long
trip, a 115-mile canoe or kayak adventure on the Ocmulgee
River from Monticello to Hawkinsville. Paddle Georgia also
serves as a fundraiser for Georgia River Network and the
Central Georgia Rivers Partnership. For more information,
visit the Paddle
you make a particularly scrumptious recipe using Café
Campesino coffee? It could be an appetizer, main dish,
side dish, dessert or coffee drink. Share your recipe with
us and if it's chosen for the newsletter, you'll win a
pound of your favorite Café Campeino coffee. Send your
entry to email@example.com.
ends May 31st.
consists in activity. It is a running stream, not a
Oliver Wendell Holmes
at Santa Anita by Bill Harris, Springing Forward with
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
2007 SPutting Our Best Fair Trade Foot Forward, Producer Profile: FECAFEB Bolivia
2006 Santa Anita Update, Looking Back on Another Great Fair Trade Year, Fair Trade Partner: Guayakí's Mate Bevolution
2006 Black Gold: A Fair Trade Film, Producer Profile: Ethiopia's Oromia Co-op
2006 The Power of 100: A Fair Trade Harvest, Corazón
Abriendo: A Multimedia Event
2006 For the Love of Big Yella, Many Paths to the Top by Café Campesino's Bill Harris
2006 The Golden Rule of Fair Trade by Tripp Pomeroy, Café
Campesino's General Manager
2006 The Fair Tradin' Cross Road Blues by Bill Harris, Café Campesino President
2006 2006 World Fair Trade Day - Americus Style, Building Community Right Here at Home by Bren
Dubay, Director, Koinonia Farm
2006 What Fair Trade Is All About, By Tripp Pomeroy, Ten Ways to Celebrate World Fair Trade Day
2006 Bill's Spring Break Travels Part I by Bill Harris, Call to Action: World Fair Trade Day
2006 Café Campesino Teams Up with Guayakí, On The Road With CRS in Nicaragua by Michael Sheridan, Call to Action: Global Exchange Reality Tours
2006 True Love is Café Campesino, Café Campesino Honored at GA Sustainable Business Day, Call to Action: Bioneers
2005 Celebrating a Great Fair Trade Year, Fair Trade Partner: Café Conciencia, Fair Trade Partner: No Sweat Apparel
2005 Gearing Up For the Holiday Season, Café Campesino Community Caravan, Show Your Café Campesino Pride and Win!, Return of the Monarch Butterfly
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
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
2005 Producer Profile: Fondo Paez, Customer
Spotlight: Apoteca, Fair Trade Partner: Pachamama, A
World of Artisans
2005 Harrar Joins Our Coffee Lineup, Producer Profile:
Ethiopia's OCFCU, Fair Trade on the Home Front
2005 Sumatra Update: June 2005 provided by Thomas
Fricke, ForesTrade, National Fair Trade Conference, Fair Trade Partner: Three Frontiers Trading Co.
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
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
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
2005 Meeting Our Guatemala Partners Face to Face, Producer Profile:
APECAFORM, Customer Spotlight: Mayflower Coffee Company, Fair Trade Partner: CoffeeTradeJustice.com
2005 Tragedy's Wake: Update From Sumatra, Producer Profile: PPKGO Cooperative
2004 Mexico: Notes From the Field, Customer
Spotlight: Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Partner:
2004 Conscious Consumption: A Personal Perspective, Customer Spotlight: Oyamel - Cocina
Mexicana, Fair Trade Partner: Three Frontiers Trading Co.
2004 A Mission...Not a Market: The 2004 Vote: Making it Work
Producer News: CECOCAFEN in the Off Season, Customer Spotlight: The Healthy Gourmet
Producer Profile: Cooperativa Café Timor, Fair Trade Friends: Marketplace of India
A Fair Trade Reality Check, Fair Trade Friends: Tribal
Fiber, Coffee Lab International
The Promise of Fair Trade, Fair Trade Friend: Global
Fair Trade at the Carter Center, SCAA meeting.
Coffee and Community in Nicaragua, Fair Trade in Americus Makes the News!
Fair Trade chocolate, Rosetta's Kitchen
Bill's Return to Guatemala, Guayakí Rainforest
Espresso - What's the Buzz?
Fair Trade: Global Exchange's Fair Trade Challenge; Fellow Fair
Traders: SERRV International
Fair Trade: More Than Just a Fair Price; Fellow Fair
Traders: Lucuma Designs
Exploring the Coffee Regions
Cooperative Coffees Annual Meeting
Fair Trade Friends: Oxfam America; The Art (and
Science) of Roasting Coffee
Exploring Our Origins: Sumatra
Exploring Our Origins: Guatemala; Gayo Mountain
Adventure; Dr. Coffee - Cupping
2003 Fair Trade Friends: United Students for Fair
Trade; World Fair Trade Day
2003 Exploring Our Origins: Ethiopia; Celebrating
Earth Day with Fair Trade
Bill's Central American Adventures, Part 2; SWP
2002 Bill's Central American Adventures, Part 1
My Life as a Bean
Exploring Our Origins: East Timor; Sustainable
New Website; Gift Baskets
Interview with roaster Lee Harris
ForesTrade Wins UN Sustainability Award; Exploring Our
Origins: Sumatra's Gayo Cooperative
Producer News: Shade Grown; Fair Trade Friends:
Exploring Our Origins: Colombia
Back Roads Journal: Cooperative Coffees and Café
Campesino; Exploring Our Origins: Peru; Fair Trade
Friends: Music of the Andes
Staff Notes: Cinco de Mayo; Producer News: Visit to
Mut Viz; Back Roads Journal: SCAA Meeting
Back Roads Journal: Travels in Fair Trade; Customer
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