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Well, we're finally slowing down a bit to recharge our batteries after what has been a nutty, nutty past several months. Good thing we're chilling out a bit too, as Georgia's typically sweltering summer has set in, along with a bit of a drought that has everyone here downright parched!

First and foremost, we are thrilled to announce the marriage of our favorite roastmaster Lee Harris! One June 16th, Lee, Hayley Champion (now Hayley Harris) and her two adorable little girls tied the knot... from single, artisan roaster to family man in one fell swoop! Congratulations Lee and welcome to our big, caffeinated family Hayley, Hollings, and Ellie!!!

Of course, this changes a few things here at the roastery. While Lee remains our trusty roastmaster, he has turned over the day-to-day production responsibilities to our very own Maty de Barrios, who is doing a truly outstanding job… congrats Maty!

We're also happy to announce two new additions to the Café Campesino team: Chelsea Carter, who hasn't missed a beat taking over writing our newsletter and taking on a veritable plethora of other writing, marketing and customer service projects, and Maty's brother Marco, who has proven himself to be a production assistant dynamo. Welcome aboard Chelsea and Marco!

Before we launch into this edition of Fair Grounds, we want to extend a hearty thanks to our friends at BRAG and Paddle Georgia for their support once again this year, along with our wonderful BRAG and Paddle Georgia crews who pulled off both events in fine, fine form.

OK, so what's in this edition of Fair Grounds? In Community Caravan, you'll find a brief wrap up of this year's BRAG, which included an open house here at the roastery as BRAG riders arrived in Americus 2007, and what we understand was a most excellent Paddle Georgia adventure for Geoffrey and Jonathan. We also welcomed a very special visitor all the way from Colombia who graded our coffees, trained Maty in the art/science of cupping, and pretty much spread happiness wherever she went during her brief visit. We have also been shopping a bit as well, adding a new coffee, a far more sustainable (and fun) travel mug and Stevia natural sweetener to our product line up. So, pour yourself a mug of your favorite Café Campesino brew, ice it down, sit back, read on and enjoy!

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Café Campesino is now offering a Dominican Republic Medium Roast coffee from a brand new producer partner, FEDECARES. This coffee is Fair Trade and organically grown. Take advantage of this newsletter special and try some out today!

Travel Corn Mugs — We just received our first order of new travel mugs and we're really excited! Here's the scoop: Our new travel mugs are made of 100% US-grown corn plastic, they're biodegradable (it takes about 1 year for them to break down), they're cup-holder friendly and microwave safe with a 17 oz capacity (one note — they do need to be hand washed). On top of that, they're a beautiful bright red with a Café Campesino logo wrap-around... check them out in our gift ideas section.

Got Stevia? We do! Café Campesino is thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with the good people of Wisdom Natural Brands to offer our customers SweetLeaf® Stevia in two, easy-to-use, formats... read on to learn more and order!

SteviaPlus Economy Pack – 100 ct. Get the best of all worlds with this special package! SteviaPlus is a completely natural, no-calorie, no-carbs (That's right. Zip. Zilch. Nada. No calories or carbs whatsoever) supplement that's 300 times sweeter than sugar (so you use a whole lot less). Just one packet is as sweet as two teaspoons of sugar. And because it's loaded with fiber, it's actually (gasp!) good for you, too! Not to mention it's safe for diabetics and Kosher certified. SteviaPlus uses only the best tasting, highest quality Stevia. And unlike those chemical sweeteners, SteviaPlus is great for cooking and baking. Stir SteviaPlus into your coffee or tea, sweeten up that bowl of cereal, use it in your cooking and baking, and ban the calories and chemicals found in sugar and artificial sweeteners. Your body is a temple, after all.

SteviaClear Liquid (2 fl oz). All natural, no calories, no carbs, no bitter aftertaste, and endless uses. SteviaClear brings pure Stevia extract to liquid form. With 720 servings per bottle, you're definitely getting your money's worth. Just two drops of SteviaClear is as sweet as 1 teaspoon of sugar. Drop this pure Stevia extract into your hot or iced coffee or tea. You'll love getting sweet without paying for it in calories or chemicals. Safe for diabetics, too.

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In honor of our new coffee's arrival, we're offering 10% off of our Dominican Republic Medium Roast for readers of this edition of Fair Grounds. If ordering online, please enter promotional code drey7 upon checking out or, if ordering by telephone, please be sure to mention the promo code to the person who takes your order.

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The Federacion de Caficultores de la Region Sur (FEDECARES) was born out of the necessity to rebuild the coffee regions after the devastating Cyclone David hit the Dominican Republic in 1979. The producers understood that they would become stronger by joining forces, so they created individual community associations. In 1983, 60 different community associations came together to form the regional structure of FEDECARES. Today, FEDECARES has 5,500 members in 13 provinces of the Dominican Republic. They produce about 20 containers of coffee annually, almost all of which is sold at Fair Trade prices. Their coffee is grown at elevations ranging from 1900 to 4000 feet; they harvest it from October to February and export it between November and April.

FEDECARES provides its members with an educational and technical support that allows them to constantly produce the highest quality beans and ensures a sustainable management of natural resources. They strive to contribute to a better quality of life for all their members and their families. Not only do they provide assistance to the members during the harvest season, FEDECARES also supports them in other areas, such as marketing, training, and technical support.

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Spotlight: BRAG 2007 We spent all day Sunday June 10th at the roastery, serving up snacks, coffee, and beer to tired but excited riders from BRAG, as they made Americus and Café Campesino their first stop in this year's ride, which went from Columbus to Savannah. Roughly 1,800 cyclists stopped by the roastery to cool down and tank up- what an invigorating experience! We took them on tours of the roastery to show them how coffee is done Café Campesino style. All the riders we talked to enjoyed Americus and loved hanging out and chatting with us at Café Campesino.

Café Campesino had a very special visitor from June 13th to 20th. Madlyn Madrid, a Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) certified coffee cupper and Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) certified "Q grader," spent several days with us, cupping our coffee and teaching us how to cup… thank you Madlyn… we can't wait to see you on your next visit to Americus!

From June 23rd through the 29th, our good friends Geoffrey Hennies and Jonathan Mattox served up Café Campesino for Paddle Georgia's, well... paddlers! Geoffrey and Jonathan served coffee, talked Fair Trade and celebrated Georgia's beautiful river network throughout this year's week-long trip, a 115-mile canoe/kayak adventure on the Ocmulgee River from Monticello to Hawkinsville. Paddle Georgia serves as a fundraiser for Georgia River Network and the Central Georgia Rivers Partnership, and 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.

Coming soon...

On July 20, Tripp will spend the morning at Sweet Temptations and the afternoon at Red Sky Café training the staff in the ways of coffee and talking Fair Trade with them.

Since we have such wonderfully updated cup characteristics for each of our coffees, we're going to pass that info on to you! Check out the Café Campesino website for new descriptions of each of the coffees we roast.

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"You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note."

~ Doug Floyd

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  • June 2007 Producer Profile: The Origins of BRAG Brew, Spotlight: Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza
  • 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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Café Campesino
725 Spring Street
Americus, GA 31709

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Lee Harris
Tripp Pomeroy
Bill Harris
Chelsea Carter

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Luz Figueroa
Geoffrey Hennies
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