Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Mar 1, 2008 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |

During the weekend of February 15th through the 17th, Tripp, with family in tow, headed up to Washington, DC, for the 2008 Coffee Fest at the Washington, DC, Convention Center. We’re extremely grateful to our friends (and Fair Grounds editors Lynn Nichols and Don Krüger) for taking the time to travel down from their wintry digs in Massachusetts to help Tripp serve up Café Campesino, talk Fair Trade, and help him promote Café Campesino to the throngs of coffee house owners and owners-to-be who attended the show. Thanks, Lynn & Don! [Lynn writes: Don and I had a blast at Coffee Fest — we met a lot of great people who are committed to Fair Trade as well as some who are just being introduced to the concept. And we got to hang out with Tripp (which was a trip in itself)… I just wish we had brought a camera!]

Chelsea (l), Rebecca (r) with Victor Green.

On February 21, 2008, our good friend Marty McDonald brought a surprise visitor by the roastery for a tour and a cup of coffee. Victor Green (if you thought former New York Jets player, you’re right!) stopped by for a quick cup of coffee after a morning of meetings.

On February 28th, Bill and Abby took off for a two-day trip to visit the Coop Coffees warehouse in New Jersey. From there, Bill made a quick stop in Dalton, Georgia, for the 11th Annual Georgia Organics Conference (see below), followed by an even quicker visit to our friends at Harvest Moon in Canton, Georgia, to serve up samples of Café Campesino and to talk Fair Trade at their customer appreciation festivities. After that, Bill jetted off to Guatemala, where he is as you read this newsletter, for a week or so of producer visits. From Guatemala, Bill heads out to Colombia for more coffee work… stay tuned for exciting details from his trip.

On March 1st, Bill sat on a panel at the GA Organics 11th Annual Conference in Dalton, Georgia. Bill joined George Siemon, CEO of Organic Valley, and Mikhiela Sherrod, Georgia Coordinator of the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative, for the Business and Marketing portion of the conference. They discussed the nuts and bolts of starting and running a co-op and shared the lessons they have learned running their respective organizations. Read more about Georgia Organics and this conference on the Georgia Organics website.

On March 1, the American Red Cross hosted a “There’s No Place Like Home” themed benefit in Americus marking the one year anniversary of the F3 tornado that devastated Americus. Café Campesino donated all proceeds from the sale of our coffee (plus a matching amount of the total proceeds), to the American Red Cross. The event featured up-and-coming country singer Brent Cobb, along with other country and gospel performers. Thank you loyal Café Campesino friend, ally and caffeine madman Marty McDonald of State Farm Insurance for getting Café Campesino coffee flowing at what turned out to be a great event!

This Wednesday, March 5th, Tripp travels just up the road to Perry, Georgia, where he will put on a jacket and tie and participate in the One Georgia Entrepreneur Summit, hosted by Governor Sonny Perdue and the state’s Small Business Coordinating Network. The summit is designed “to offer entrepreneur education to Georgia’s economic developers, chambers of commerce, local official, tourism professionals, downtown leaders and others interested in fostering entrepreneur and small business development.” Tripp is one of three Georgia business owners who will make presentations about their businesses as part of the summit’s Adult Entrepreneur Panel.

March 8th — Happy Birthday to our own Rebecca Young!

On Thursday, March 13th, two of our friends from Koinonia, Emory Cortese and Bren Dubay, will bring a group of six interns to the roastery for a tour and a “Fair Trade 101” workshop.

The weekend of March 28th through the 30th, Bill, Tripp, and Tripp’s son Hugh will journey to Louisville, Kentucky, for the Cooperative Coffees annual Executive Committee Retreat, hosted by our friends at Heine Brothers Coffee

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