Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Aug 4, 2009 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |

The coffee house has officially been open for 1 year! In honor of this special occasion, we will be celebrating big this Saturday, August 15th!

We will open as usual from 9am-2pm. Come by during this time to get free coffee by the cup & take advantage of our special: Bring a friend & buy one drink, get one free.
Then, come back at 7pm with your favorite dish for a potluck dinner. Plan on hanging around to enjoy live music provided by our friends, Fat Jackson! We will also be doing raffles & giveaways throughout the evening.

Later this month, Café Campesino will host Miguel Tzoy from Guatemala for an extended stay in Americus. Miguel is the commercialization manager of Asociaci�n Chajulense Va’l Vaq Qujol, a coffee cooperative based in the remote mountains of Quiche in Guatemala. Tripp and Bill visited Miguel and Coop Chajul in June, and crafted a plan for Miguel to visit Americus in order to practice his English and learn how we operate Café Campesino and Cooperative Coffees. He will end his stay in the states by traveling with us to the Cooperative Coffees Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas in late September. We are looking for local volunteers to work with Miguel on his English – please call us if you are interested!

Movie Night – August 13th – Stop by the cafe this Thursday for a FREE viewing of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, the 1975 classic Jack Nicholson film that won a slue of awards including 5 Oscars.  One reviewer describes the movie as “a great order vs. chaos tale that everyone can relate to.”  Doors open at 7:30pm.  Movie starts at 8:00.

Jason to NY – Jason “Give my regards to Broadway” Foster, a barista since day one of the Café Campesino Coffee House, has pulled up stakes (at least temporarily) to try his hand as a Production Assistant on the set of a TV show filming in New York City.  “White Collar” can be seen this fall on USA Network.  We wish him the best!  Side note:  Jason left behind his trademark tam.  We’re considering making it the first piece of memorabilia inducted into the yet-to-be-formed Café Campesino Barista Hall of Fame.  Either that or Tripp and Bill will take turns wearing it around the office.

Fuller Center Bike Adventure – Only a couple of days left of this nearly 1300 mile bicycle ride.  It ends August 16th along the Gulf Coast of Florida, just south of Tallahassee.  Check out and click on the BLOG links for some fun and inspiring stories from their trip to raise funds for much needed housing.
The Fuller Center “biker gang” stopped by this Monday for their lunch break as well as a chat about fair trade and fundraising for a cause.  They are in Americus working on the rehabilitation of a Fuller Center house before they travel on towards the finish line of the near 1300 mile trek.

The Fuller Center “biker gang” stopped by this Monday for their lunch break as well as a chat about fair trade and fundraising for a cause. They are in Americus working on the rehabilitation of a Fuller Center house before they travel on towards the finish line of the near 1300 mile trek.

Mosaic tile tables in cafe – A “thank you” to local tile guru, Lewis Overholt, for his workshop on mosaic tile art that he shared a few Saturdays ago.  Folks loved designing creative table tops with the hundreds, maybe thousands, of colored tile pieces and the finished works of art are a great addition to our cafe.   The tables have received many a compliment since.

Tea class – Join Jim Foglio on Saturday, September 19th, from 9:00am-10:30am at the cafe as he presents a FREE tea workshop.  The class will include a basic background on the history of tea, how to brew its different varieties, how to assess flavors, as well as suggestions for meal pairings.  Everyone is invited.

Ribbon Cutting at Kennesaw State University Dining Facility – On August 6th, Tripp traveled up to Kennesaw State University in Atlanta where he participated in the ribbon cutting for the university’s new state-of-the-art sustainable dining hall.  As part of their continuing move toward sustainable practices, KSU will serve Café Campesino coffee in this impressive new facility that now serves the more than 22,000 students of our state’s 3rd largest university.  Stay tuned for more on this new partnership in the September issue of Fair Grounds.

Barista 101 at the University of Florida – August 12th-13th – To kick off our onsite Cafe training program, Café Campesino and Sweetwater Organic Coffee are teaming up to train baristas at the “Fresh Food Company” dining facility at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  Amanda Adkins from Sweetwater will be heading over to the college to teach these up-and-coming baristas how to prepare the best cup of coffee, shot of espresso, and specialty drink.  The training program is being prepared by our own head barista, Joe Johnston.  He is taking the Café Campesino Coffee House mojo and developing systems to transfer this knowledge to any barista who has the desire to sling a swinging cup of Café Campesino or Sweetwater coffee.  Soon this program will be available for any Café Campesino or Sweetwater wholesale customer to take advantage of!

CRS Training in Nicaragua – September 6th-12th – Another one of Bill and Tripp’s excellent adventures.  This time they head to Nicaragua to participate in training sessions as part of the Catholic Relief Services project, CAFE Livelihoods, that we’ve told you about in recent months.  As part of the delegation, they’ll share their business acumen with producer partners in efforts to strengthen relationships and business successes.  More to come as this educational project (for us and them) continues to unfold…

RAGBRAI – Little Farm Fair Trade once again took Café Campesino’s coffee to RAGBRAI 2009. The annual bike ride draws 10-15,000 riders each year and chooses a route across Iowa. Herb and Geoffrey brewed up over 500 gallons of coffee while Kristin and Jeh (who also helped out on BRAG this year) served it up in about 3,700 cups. There was live music, and many great discussions about fair trade. To read more about their adventures, visit

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