Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on May 1, 2010 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |
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World Fair Trade Day 2010
On Saturday, May 8th, Fair Trade supporters around the world gathered in their respective coffeehouses, fair trade stores, galleries, and parks to recognize World Fair Trade Day – an international effort to support trade justice for small producers around the world.

This worldwide coordination is led by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), an umbrella organization for 100 percent Fair Trade businesses and other entities. There are currently more than 350 WFTO members around the world, and many of them were advocating for Fair Trade practices and principles this past Saturday.

Some of the events included: a Fair Trade open-air market in San Diego, Calif.; a wine and cheese event in Swansea, Wales; a Fair Trade Run in Kalibo, Philippines; a tree-planting day along a major road in Swaziland, South Africa; a special gathering along the Korean Palace Wall in Seoul, Korea; a trade show and virtual conference with producers in Bogota, Colombia and more than 42 events including food tastings, theatrical productions, and academic conferences in Spain alone. According to the WFTO’s World Fair Trade Day website, some 13 events are planned in Asia, 128 in Europe, 30 in North America and 9 in South America.

A bit closer to home, Café Campesino in Americus and Atlanta and Sweetwater Organic Coffee Co. in Gainesville, Fl., will all be recognizing World Fair Trade Day. In Americus, we celebrated on Friday, May 7, with a potluck and music. In Atlanta, Café Campesino brought in Fair Trade foods, and artisan goods from Ten Thousand Villages in the week leading up to Saturday, May 8. On Friday, May 14, Sweetwater will host by inviting the Gainesville public to learn a little more about Fair Trade during an open house with music and good eats.

Learn more about what’s happening for World Fair Trade Day in your area or beyond at www.worldfairtradeday10.org

Atlanta and Americus

The coffee house in Americus continues to host many an event and visitor. We’ve had another Saturday art class (Thanks Faith!), an auction held by the Koinonia home school (more on that next month), a poetry event by a group forming here in Americus, and a ‘book club’ meeting .  We’ve had some great guests including a group of fifty 8th grade students from St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School in Atlanta and just yesterday were visited by a group of 24 from Berry College (Rome, GA).  Both groups stopped by to learn more about Fair Trade as well as sample some cool (and hot) drinks in our coffee house.  Our World Fair Trade Day 2010 community potluck was a lot of fun, and we’ve got more fun stuff headed our/your way in the coming weeks.  In particular, look for a report on Tripp and Bill’s visit to Guatemala as part of the CRS Cafe Livelihoods project we continue to work with as well as visits to our trading partners at Chajul and APECAFORM.  There will also be a writeup on the upcoming BRAG and Paddle GA events, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, below is a list of other happenings – past, present, and future – from our locations in Americus, Atlanta, and Gainesville:

April 22 – Café Campesino Atlanta participated in the Enviro Expo’s Earth Day celebration at Atlantic Station.

April 23 – Café Campesino sampled coffee at Emory University’s Dobbs University Center in celebration of Earth Day. At the same time, the center was running an exhibition of coffee-related artwork developed by members of the student-run coffee cart, The Green Bean. The cart recently started carrying Café Campesino and featured us in some its pieces.

April 24 – Café Campesino spent the afternoon sampling coffee and greeting customers at Ten Thousand Villages in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta. During the visit, store managers Marg Lambert and Karen Gross realized that this April marked the 20th year that they had been selling Fair Trade crafts and home goods for Ten Thousand Villages. Their first sales started at festivals and in churches in the Atlanta area, but they eventually ended up with their current store front on St. Charles Ave. Congratulations Marg & Karen on 20 years, and thank-you for all that you do for Fair Trade!

April 25- Café Campesino joined Atlanta-based natural foods cooperative, Sevananda, for its Spring Member Gathering held at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta. More than 100 of Sevananda’s members and vendors filed through Callawolde’s beautiful blooming azaleas to support and celebrate Sevananda. In addition to Café Campesino, other companies represented at the gathering included Johnston Family Farms, Equal Exchange and Atlanta-based Mexican food & salsa purveyor, Zocalo.

April 26 – CC in Americus hosted our community investors for an annual meeting to discuss the year that was 2009 and plans for 2010.  We thank them for their support.

April 30- The Sweet Auburn Curb Market hosted its second Atlanta Urban Picnic, and our coffee shop participated in the event. Good food & good times! We were happy to be there.

April 30- Café Campesino Atlanta joins Critical Mass in Woodruff Park as it launches its May special for cyclists – .75 cent coffee with a reusable mug!

May 1 – Tyler Willis, our trusty barista, set up shop bright and early at the 2nd annual Lindbergh Boogie aviation festival.  In particular, he was serving coffee to runners and onlookers at the morning 5k road race and 1 mile fun run.  Later in the day, he moseyed on over to the air field and sold some more coffee to folks there to jump out of airplanes!  (As if the jumping wasn’t enough to stimulate!)  Thank you Chamber of Commerce and all of our other supporters for a fun day.

May 3-8- Café Campesino Atlanta partnered with Ten Thousand Villages to celebrate World Fair Trade Day that was May 8. We sold Ten Thousand Villages’ Fair Trade crafts in store all week long and offered delicious baked-goods that include Fair Trade ingredients. Come into our Sweet Auburn store and learn more about Fair Trade – what it looks like, how it tastes, and why it’s important.

May 5- Café Campesino joined Destiny Organics at Sutherland’s Food Show in Atlanta.

May 7- Sampling at Sevananda Round 1: Nema sampled coffee in-store at Sevananda, 2-5 p.m.

May 10- Atlanta’s Grady Hospital hosted Café Campesino Atlanta and other Sweet Auburn Curb Market vendors in its cafeteria during lunchtime. Tell your friends at Grady to check us out!

May 17-18 – We in Americus are happy to welcome our friends from Emory University as they visit the roastery to talk Fair Trade, organic coffee and how it is being used and promoted in their dining services at Emory U.  This visit follows a visit by Tripp to the university to speak about Fair Trade.  We welcome all of these opportunities to deepen relationships and understanding of the real meaning of this coffee business.

May 21- Sampling at Sevananda Round 2: Nema samples coffee in-store from 3-7 p.m..

May 22- Café Campesino Atlanta participates in the Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Festival held at Social restaurant downtown. Join us for the fun! http://www.atlantadna.org/?page_id=16

May 23- Atlanta Streets Alive! Atlanta pedestrians, cyclists, runners and outdoor enthusiasts take over downtown streets as roads throughout downtown Atlanta close to cars and open up to street revelry. Café Campesino Atlanta will be there. Come with us! http://www.atlantastreetsalive.com/

May 27 – In Americus, we’re hosting a playwriting workshop showcase led by one of our coffee house regulars, Ray Mannila.

Sweetwater in Gainesville, FL
Professor Ed Kellerman brought his Univ. of Florida class to visit Sweetwater where Tripp gave a brief lecture on FairTrade, our coffee, what we do, and what we are about. After sampling coffee from Mexico and Colombia, they took a tour of the roastery and had the opportunity to buy fresh whole bean or ground coffee from around the world.

Earth Day was celebrated at the University of Florida campus. The Fresh Food Company at Broward Dining Hall hosted a local foods cook-off. Sweetwater Organic Coffee provided samples of freshly brewed Colombian and Guatemalan coffees alongside other local businesses and organizations who provided information about sustainability, organics, and fair trade.

We have been busy adding our own artistic touches to Sweetwater with a redecoration of the front area of our roastery and office as well as adding plants and tables to our outside area for customer and employee enjoyment alike.

Tripp, Jim, Tina, and Amanda hosted a Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade workshop on May 1st that was well attended.  These workshops are a great exchange of information and we continue to enjoy the participation.  It was a first for Tina Adkins, our jack-of-many-trades at Sweetwater.  An official welcome to Tina, who handles marketing and sales as well as being Jim’s backup for roasting coffee.  We thank her for her hard work and are glad to have her on this team.

We here at Sweetwater are planning our Open House and WFTD for Friday, May 14th with food, beverage, and music provided by our very own locals here in Gainesville.

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