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If you’ve tried to catch up with anyone from Café Campesino lately, chances are you’ve had a tough time... We’ve been in constant motion, serving up Café Campesino and spreading the word at this year’s Coffee Fest in Atlanta, finalizing preparations for BRAG (Bike Ride across Georgia), which passes through Americus this Sunday, and getting ready for Paddle Georgia at the end of June, not to mention fulfilling our daily roasting responsibilities! Read about all the goings-on here in this month’s Community Caravan. Also in this issue, we are delighted to feature a beautifully written article titled Café Campesino on the Border by our good friend Nikki Hertel of Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza, one of our favorite CRS Fair Trade Program customers. Add in information about some of our producer partners whose coffee makes our BRAG Brew so special, a very unique coffee recipe — Israeli Coffee Chicken — and a newsletter special "double feature," and we’re off and running. Read on and enjoy!

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Café Campesino’s long-standing friendship with the BRAG community has become an integral part of who we are and what we stand for as Georgia’s 100% Fair Trade coffee company. As a small thanks to our friends at BRAG, who create true community year after year, Café Campesino will donate 10% of all BRAG Brew sales between now and the end of July to BRAG’s Dream Team, a group of middle school students from cities across Georgia that BRAG sponsors for its annual cross-state bicycle ride in June.

Since its inception in 1994, an average of 10 middle school students from low-income families have been selected to participate on the Dream Team and have received bicycles, helmets, shorts and other accessories, complimentary meals and waived registration fees. The students are assigned adult mentors and coaches who help them for this rigorous ride. If the Dream Team members complete BRAG, they get to keep their bikes, helmet and other accessories. Over 100 students from Georgia middle schoolers are proud BRAG Dream Team alumni.

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Readers of this month’s edition of Fair Grounds get free shipping when ordering a 5-lb bag of BRAG Brew. If ordering online, please enter promotional code bragship upon checking out or, if ordering by telephone, be sure to mention the promo code.

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BRAG Brew is a blend of three coffees, each of which has its own unique flavor profile. More importantly though, each of the coffees in BRAG Brew, like all of Café Campesino’s coffees, comes from a specific, known producer cooperative with its own identity, personality and history. Read on to learn more about the people who produce the coffee that we call BRAG Brew...

Guatemala — Café Campesino, via our membership in Cooperative Coffees, gets our Fair Trade, organic coffee from four different producer coops in Guatemala: APECAFORM, Chahul, Santa Anita, and Rio Azul. In this edition of Fair Grounds, we are pleased to introduce our friends at Coop Rio Azul. Located in the remote western Guatemala town of Jacaltenango, Coop Rio Azul is a 169-member cooperative. Founded in 1967, the cooperative has a long history of producing some of the best coffee exported under the famed “Huehuetenango” mark. The members of Rio Azul all live no more than a 1.5 hour walk to the wet mill in Jacaltenango, which allows the cooperative complete control over several stages of the quality process. Learn more about Coop Rio Azul.

Sumatra — PPKGO is made up of more than 1,600 growers in 32 communities across the Aceh Province of Sumatra. This region of Indonesia is renowned as the largest producer of Arabica coffee in Southeast Asia, but it is also the site of the seemingly ceaseless civil war between Acehnese separatists and the Indonesian military. PPKGO is the first and only Fair Trade certified coffee cooperative in Southeast Asia. Coop members live in an environmentally sensitive region in and around the buffer zone to Gunung Leuser National Park, an area that contains critical watersheds and sanctuaries for endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger. Producers are dedicated to producing high-quality, 100% organic and shade grown coffee while ensuring their production practices conserve resources and preserve the biologically diverse ecosystem in which they live. Learn more about PPKGO.

Nicaragua — Cecocafen started with 500 producers. Today, more than 2000 families are members. In the early stages of this umbrella organization, obtaining credit for their members was found to be particularly challenging. However, for the 2005-2006 production period, they had access to more than 6 million dollars in credit, indicating to what extent they have grown. Learn more about Cecocafen.

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When Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza, a non-profit women’s center in El Paso, Texas, began selling Cafe Campesino’s Fair Trade coffee more than a year ago, they hoped to change the way people think about the products they buy. Their impact has been much greater than they imagined, though they have revolutionized the Fair Trade movement in and around El Paso. We are so fortunate to have this great group of people as part of our Fair Trade family. On behalf of our everyone here at Café Campesino and our producer partners from throughout the coffee lands, thank you Nikki and everyone else at Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza for everything you are doing in the name of Fair Trade.

Café Campesino on the Border
by Nikki Hertel, Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza, El Paso, TX

Small groups of college students are gathered around the room. I ask them to guess how much coffee farmers get paid when we buy 10 pounds of non-Fair Trade coffee: $1.00, $1.50, $2.00, $0.75. They gasp when I reveal to them that many coffee farmers get as little as $0.16 a pound for their coffee. I am always relieved by the gasps because they are sign that — even in this global economic system where most people do not care where their products come from or who is suffering as a result — there is still hope.

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This past weekend, June 1st through the 3rd, Geoffrey, Treva Wetherell, and Tripp served up about 1,700 cups of Café Campesino brew as part of our Morning Coffee sponsorship of this year’s Coffee Fest in Atlanta. Following morning coffee, the crew moved its operations onto the show floor to talk Fair Trade, organic coffee with folks who had come from all over the country for this stellar coffee industry event. Geoffrey, Treva, and Tripp agreed that this event rocked, not only because our coffee received rave reviews, but also because everyone, from the folks who ran the show, to the exhibitors, to the attendees, gave off positive, good vibes — all weekend long. Thank you Treva and Geoffrey for all your help... we couldn’t have done it without you! We’d also like to thank our friends at Espresso Southeast and our friend Ron Lane at BUNN for everything they did to help us pull off serving 110 gallons of coffee without a glitch and in fine form to boot!

FYI, Café Campesino has already reserved its spot for Coffee Fest in Washington, D.C. next February…we’ll get you all the info when we are closer to lift off.

June 9th through June 16th: It’s time for Bicycle 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. From 9-5 on Sunday the 10th, Café Campesino will be open for business, serving up our brew, giving tours of the roastery, and doing our best to show our friends at BRAG what we’re all about, 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.

What do Café Campesino, Fair Trade and Georgia's rivers have in common? Paddle Georgia! From June 23rd through the 29th, Geoffrey and our good amigo Jonathan Mattox will be serving up Café Campesino for Paddle Georgia’s, well...paddlers! 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 Georgia website.

Did you know? You can support Georgia River Network by drinking Café Campesino coffee! Every time you buy a bag of our Georgia River Network Blend, we donate 10 percent of the coffee sale to the Georgia River Network.

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"Anything that has a real and lasting value is always a gift from within."

~ Franz Kafka

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  • May 2007 Celebrating World Fair Trade Day, Inspiring Partners Update: MTLC
  • April 2007 Challenges at Santa Anita by Bill Harris, Springing Forward with Fair Trade
  • 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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