Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Sep 1, 2007 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |
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Gerardo, Marysol, Carolina and friend show us their depulping machine in Narino, Colombia

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.

Clifford and Haty Terrell cut the ribbon at their Maxwell AFB clinic cafe as Tripp and friends look on. At far right is Montgomery's Mayor Bobby Bright.

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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