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!
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,
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
— 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Campesino had a very
special visitor from June 13th to 20th. Madlyn
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note."
Profile: The Origins of BRAG Brew, Spotlight: Centro
Mujeres de la Esperanza
2007 Celebrating World Fair Trade Day, Inspiring
Partners Update: MTLC
2007 Challenges at Santa Anita by Bill Harris,
Springing Forward with Fair Trade
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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