Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Apr 3, 2009 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |

Well, it’s official: Spring has certainly sprung.  Beautiful flowers are blooming, quenching rains are falling, and Café Campesino along with Sweetwater Organic Coffee ( ) (our “new” venture in Gainesville, FL) are ever thankful for the support of our friends and partners in this continuing journey to a fair trade world with a cup (or two) of artisan-roasted, organic coffee in hand.

Here are a few of the comings and goings of the season at Café Campesino AND Sweetwater.

Looking back

During the first weekend of March, our crew from Sweetwater had a blast serving coffee backstage at the Harvest of Hope Fest, a music and arts festival in St. Augustine, FL.  The Harvest of Hope Foundation works as a non-profit organization that provides financial, educational, and service-oriented aid to migrant farm workers all over the country.  Sweetwater Organic Coffee is proud to be a sponsor of these efforts.

March 20-21—The 12th Annual Georgia Organics Conferencewas a huge success!  In-depth workshops, local farm tours, and informative panel discussions made for a thought-provoking, inspiring event.  And we know that folks enjoyed the Café Campesino coffee that was served as part of our sponsorship of this excellent show.  Thanks GA Organics.

March 27-28 – Callaway Gardens, a stunning 14,000 acre garden oasis and resort located at Pine Mountain, GA, invited Café Campesino to serve coffee at the annual Plant Fair and Sale.  We gladly accepted the invitation and met lots of great folk, saw some awesome plant life and received lots of great feedback on our coffee.  In fact, our coffee is now their coffee:  Callaway Gardens Country Store has Café Campesino coffee available for purchase.  Cheers to our friends at Callaway Gardens as they work to make the world a greener place.

Looking ahead

April looks to be another exciting, event-filled month.

BRAG (Bike Ride Across Georgia) Spring Tune Up will take place April 17-19 in and around Madison, GA.  Our coffee event master, Geoffrey, will be on hand to brew and serveBrag Brew to the participants in this precursor to the summer BRAG event slated to happen in June.  Speaking of coffee and exercise, here’s an interesting story we recently saw regarding caffeine and physical exertion:  Coffee can lessen the pain of exercise (Note: While we don’t recommend the use of coffee in lieu of proper stretching and training, apparently it can lessen the after-effects of an ill-advised physical activity. J)

The 21st Annual SCAA Exposition, the premier gathering for all things coffee, will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.  The Specialty Coffee Association of America will host thousands during the weekend of April 16-19.  And Café Campesino, Sweetwater, and Cooperative Coffees (booth #1054) will be right in the middle of the action.  Lectures, labs, coffee, coffee, coffee.  We’ll be there.

April 22nd is Earth Day – Visit for the latest info on what you can do to be part of this truly worldwide event.

Looking further ahead

May 9th – a huge day on our 2009 calendar.  Not only is it wedding day for a couple of good friends from Koinonia, Jerry and Elizabeth, but its also Happy Birthday day and graduation day for Jason, one of our baristas.  Congrats to all!  And as if those two events weren’t enough, May 9th is also World Fair Trade Day.  Numerous local & global events are happening.  One that we are particularly keen on participating in is the World’s Largest Fair Trade Coffee Break ’09. Stay tuned for an early May update on this.

Till next time…

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