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Well, we wish we could say we're going to miss summertime as it gives way to autumn, but after what has been one heck of a long, hot, dry summer, we're nothing short of overjoyed that cooler temperatures and real coffee-drinkin' weather are upon us. As usual, we've got a lot going on here at Café Campesino! From our new line-up of gift boxes and the introduction of nifty sampler packs, to our upcoming Cooperative Coffees annual meeting in Nicaragua, to GreenFest DC just around the corner in October, there's mucho to read about in this edition of Fair Grounds... so brew up a cup or three of your favorite Café Campesino coffee, sit back, relax and read on!

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Great News... we've revamped our gift box offering and added sampler packs (thanks to popular demand!)! Readers of this month's Fair Grounds get 10% off the regular listed retail price when ordering any of our gift boxes and/or sampler packs. You will find our gift boxes and sampler packs in the Gift Ideas section of our website. If ordering online, please enter promotional code gbsampler upon checking out or, if ordering by telephone, please be sure to mention the promo code to the person who takes your order. Please note that the newsletter special applies only to retail customers and cannot be combined with any other discount/promotional codes.

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Café Campesino is a proud supporter of the Georgia River Network (GRN) and its tireless work on behalf of our state's truly beautiful, extraordinary waterways. We recently asked Dana Skelton, GRN's Director of Administration & Outreach, to write a short piece about our collaboration… here is what she had to say:

(GRN) began partnering with Café Campesino in June of 2005 to provide coffee for GRN's annual Paddle Georgia event – an educational, 110+ mile journey, that has involved over 900 people in the adventure of traveling down a different Georgia River each summer. Participants see both the beauty and the degradation of the state's rivers and are educated on a variety of practices and land uses that affect these local waterways - from home and lawn maintenance, development, industries, forestry and agriculture.

Café Campesino's beans are grown using organic farming techniques which allow small farm communities to meet demands for quality coffee while treading lightly on the land and water resources. Companies like Café Campesino make the coffee available to the public while educating consumers about how their choices affect the world around them. The partnership between GRN and Café Campesino lets people connect with local rivers as well as help protect rivers across the globe.

This year, we celebrate our third year of partnership with GRN by offering the GA River Network Special Blend – a robust blend of our Guatemalan, Sumatran, and Nicaragua coffees. Café Campesino will contribute 10% of retail sales of the GA River Network Special Blend to the GRN to help them achieve their most worthy goals, which are:

  1. To increase the number of people involved in the protection and management of Georgia's waters.

  2. To improve awareness of the issues that threaten the health of our waters. Establish infrastructure for the exchange of resources among parties working to improve the protection of Georgia's waters.

  3. To provide necessary means to advocate for the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of our waters.

To learn more about the Georgia River Network, how you can get involved, and, to purchase your beans, visit the GRN website and click "Buy Coffee, Support Rivers" on the home page.

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Bill returned from a whirlwind visit to Colombia where he talked coffee and traveled around the country with our friend and Café Campesino cupper Madelyn Madrid. While in Colombia, Bill visited with the marketing office in Bogotá of one of our potentially new producer partners, visited a number of other coffee coops, and even grabbed a bit of time to rest and take in the sights! Welcome home Bill… we're glad your back!

A big thanks to Geoffrey for servin' up the brew to our BRAG supporters who rode in the inaugural SummerRide in Jasper, Georgia, the weekend of August 25-26.

We also want to congratulate Clifford Terrell and his team at C&H Variety on their recent ribbon cutting at Maxwell Air Force Base on August 29th, which included Montgomery, Alabama, Mayor Bobby Bright and our very own Tripp Pomeroy. C&H Variety serves up Café Campesino at the base's clinic and in its college... Fair Trade style! 

Thank you Clifford and all the folks at Maxwell AFB for your support!


Coming soon...

This weekend, September 8th through the 11th, Tripp and his daughter Sol will be journeying to El Paso, Texas, for a Fair Trade open house hosted by our good friends at Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza. This event promises to be a fun and tasty way to get the word out about Café Campesino and our work as Fair Traders, though perhaps more importantly, it's a great opportunity for Café Campesino to learn first-hand how folks on the front lines of Fair Trade are making it happen... and by the way, Centro de Mujeres is making it happen! Centro Mujeres is a non-profit women's center that seeks to raise awareness of issues that affect women on the US/Mexico border and give local women a place to come together and share their stories. Check out the June 2007 newsletter for more information on Centro Mujeres!

From September 28-30, Geoffrey and crew will be in Newnan, Georgia, serving up those essential early morning cups of BRAG Brew to riders in this year's BikeFest. A Café Campesino tradition, BikeFest is sure to be another hit for bike and coffee enthusiasts alike, especially if the gods of cool weather decide to revisit the state of Georgia by then. Learn about BikeFest 2007 here.

Here's maybe the most exciting of our September Community Caravan news: Bill, Tripp, Maty, and Abby will be traveling to Nicaragua at the end of the month for Cooperative Coffees Annual General Meeting (AGM) from September 23rd through October 1st. For Maty, this will be her first time on a few fronts – first AGM, first visit with producers, and first meeting with her peers. This year's meeting is being hosted by our producer partner in Nicaragua, Cecocafen (to learn more about Cecocafen, click here). Maty and Bill will be arriving in Managua on the 23rd for meetings and visits with producers after which Maty will spend a few days cupping coffee and talking roasting with her colleagues in Coop Coffees. As Maty is flying home on the 27th, Tripp and Abby will be flying down for the core three days of the AGM. Many thanks to Cecocafen for hosting this crazy, caffeinated bunch.

GreenFest DC is the first weekend in October! Café Campesino will be serving up the Fair Trade, organic java at this year's GreenFest in Washington, DC on the weekend of October 6 - 7. Look for Geoffrey, crew, and your coffee fix in the Fair Trade Café on Saturday from 10AM to 8PM and on Sunday from 11AM to 6PM. For more information about this spectacular green event, put together by our friends at Co-op America and Global Exchange, visit the Green Festivals website.

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"The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns."

~ George Santayana

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  • August 2007 Producer Profile: Cooperative Café Timor, Critical Mass for the Masses
  • July 2007 Catching Our Breath and Moving Onward, Producer Profile: FEDECARES, Dominican Republic Roast
  • 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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