Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Jun 4, 2009 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |
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Guatemala trip/CRS project – Maty, Bill, and Tripp headed to Guatemala on June 3 along with representatives from fellow Cooperative Coffees roasters Kickapoo Coffee and Doma Coffee as participants in the CRS (Catholic Relief Services) CAFE Livelihoods project. Our team will spend six days conducting training workshops for about 30 representatives from our trading partners Apecaform and Santa Anita, as well as 3 other cooperatives in Guatemala. The goal of these meetings is to provide cooperative leaders with technical assistance in the areas of coffee production, post-harvest processing and market engagement, while strengthening the management capacity and competitiveness of participating farmer organizations.
Read more about this project at the Cooperative Coffees website.

While in Guatemala, our group’s itinerary includes a visit to La Azotea Coffee Museum as well as the rather impressive Lake Atitlan.

WFTD record – Remember that super duper, fair trade coffee break we told you about last month? The coffee break was a huge collaborative effort that was organized by the Fair Trade Resource Network. It was centered around an even bigger event, World Fair Trade Day, and it was a roaring success. We want to thank those who participated near and far and tell you that your participation resulted in a new world record. We’re still awaiting the final tally but so far, the record-breaking number for the 2009 “coffee break” stands at 64,594 participants at 456 separate events.  This broke the standing world record of 52,061 set by Finland last year. Way to go java loving fair traders! Thanks for your support. Let’s get together and do it again next year.

BRAG 2009 – The main event is here again. Bike Ride Across Georgia is rolling from Hiawassee to Clarks Hill Lake during the week of June 6-13. Geoffrey, Jeh and Levi will be brewing and serving hundreds of gallons of BRAG Brew as well as procuring breakfast snacks and fruits to serve to bikers and participants as they make their way through more than 300 miles of the beautiful state of Georgia. Safe travels to all and happy pedaling!  We’re looking forward to a post-event report.

Paddle Georgia 2009 – After a few days of recuperation and restocking, Geoffrey & crew will again be serving coffee, our GA River Network Blend, to another group of outdoor enthusiasts. This time they’ll be taking to the waterways for a week-long, 92-mile canoe/kayak adventure on North Georgia’s Coosawattee and Oostanaula rivers from Ellijay to Rome. Happy paddling! Want more details? Well, ‘water’ you waiting for? Click here to visit the Paddle Georgia website.

More travels – One of our talented baristas, Tyler Willis, is enjoying a few weeks in Bulgaria. Yes, Bulgaria. It’s a study abroad program through Americus’ Georgia Southwestern State University, where he’s a student. He’s been having a great time and has chronicled some of the adventures (and misadventures) via his blog. Check it out.

Alive Expo – Recently we partnered with Destiny Organics to attend the Alive Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center (Atlanta).  Dave and Tripp served pot after pot of our delicious coffees to folks attending this two-day healthy living, green living event.  We received great compliments from many of the bustling crowd of over 18,000 attendees and we enjoyed getting to know some of the other folks and their products that are distributed by Destiny via their headquarters in Atlanta.

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