Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Nov 5, 2009 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |

Return To Eden – On Friday, October 9th, Tripp headed up to Atlanta, with family in tow, to check out the new Return To Eden MARTA bus wrap featuring the Cafe Campesino logo… keep your eyes peeled for the bus (it’s impossible to miss) and check out Return To Eden Organic Market when you get a chance!

Tripp with R2E manager Marty Karon
in front of the newly wrapped MARTA bus

October 20th – Tripp spoke at the Americus Rotary Club lunch at Georgia Southwestern University.

October 21st – Dave and Tripp trekked up to Cobb Harry’s Market (Whole Foods) to serve up coffee in support of the Georgia Flooded Farmers Relief Fund benefit.  Nice people and a great cause.

October 24th – Bill and Tripp headed up to see our longtime customer, Harvest Moon Natural Market, in the beautiful town of Canton (where the Fall foliage was out in full), to sample Cafe Campesino, talk fair trade coffee and help celebrate the market’s 5th anniversary!  Kudos to co-owner Alisha O’Brian and her staff for a really nice event… and an incredibly inviting, well-organized market.  When near Canton, be sure to stop in and check out Harvest Moon – for more info:  visitHarvest Moon’s website.

Nov. 5th – Tripp and Geoffrey head down to Gainesville, where Tripp has been invited to participate in a panel – “University of Florida Alumni Social Entrepreneurs” – whose ventures focus on sustainability-related issues.  Although Tripp isn’t an alumnus of UF, the good folks there have asked him to represent Sweetwater all the same

Nov. 7th – our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore Grand Opening – Cafe Campesino will be serving up the usual in support of our next door neighbor’s grand “re”-opening.  The store is worth checking out – totally transformed… doors open at 8 am.  When you’re done, be sure to walk next door and see us at the coffee house!

That afternoon (Nov. 7th), Tripp, Amanda, and Geoffrey will be hosting about 20 young folks and their chaperones at Sweetwater Organic Coffee Co. as part of the CRS “Just Like You” Fair Trade Teen Leaders retreat.  Tripp will talk with the group about fair trade coffee and Sweetwater’s role as a fair trade roaster and member of Cooperative Coffees.

Nov. 8th – Cafe Campesino congratulates our friends at Sevananda Natural Foods Market on the celebration of their 36th year.  Our Cafe Campesino Sweet Auburn partner Maria Moore Riggs will be serving up Cafe Campesino at the anniversary celebration this Sunday at the Cator Woolford Gardens’ Frazer Center from 3-7p.m.  Educational seminars on CoOperative Education will be lead by guest speaker Mark Goehring of Cooperative Development Services, along with artists and exhibitors market, musical performances by the Sevananda Artist Alliance and an original theatrical production by our 2009 Be The Change Partner, the Academy Theatre.  A vegetarian banquet dinner will feature guest speaker Phil Howard, the Assistant Professor of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies of Michigan State, as he presents “Food for Life”.  The Frazer Center in the Cator Woolford Gardens is located at 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave NE in Atlanta. For more information, go to or call 404-681-2831.

On November 12th, Tripp will participate in a Fair Trade panel as part of the “Globalization and Development in Latin America” course offered by the University of Florida’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment.

On the evening of the 12th, stop by the coffee house in Americus and enjoy a free screening of “The Motorcycle Diaries”.  The film is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution.  Doors open at 7:30pm.  Movie starts at 8pm. (and we’ve got popcorn!)

Nov. 18th – Live music – 8pm @ the coffee house in Americus.  Since their debut in early 2005, Information Superhighway has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene. With singer Leslie Beukelman and composer/multi-instrumentalist Rob Clearfield at the helm, the Superhighway easily transcends the confines of genre and tradition. Alongside bassist Patrick Mulcahy and drummer John Smillie, Clearfield and Beukelman draw on such diverse influences as ’70’s prog rock, jazz, gospel, Icelandic ambient-pop, Americana and the best of today’s underground rock, creating a sonic world that is uniquely their own.

On Friday November 20th, Tripp will be speaking with graduate business students from the Poe Center for Business Ethics, Education, & Research at the University of Florida.

Nov. 21st-22nd – A crew of staff and volunteers representing Cafe Campesino will be at Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA, along with the thousands of students, people of faith, and human rights activists attending the annual vigil at the School of the Americas.  The School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) is a grassroots movement that stands in solidarity with the people of Latin America to close the SOA/WHINSEC and to change what many believe is the oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the SOA represents. This marks the eleventh year that Café Campesino will have served coffee at the SOAW.  Profits from the event go to SOAW.

Nov. 24th-25th – Our coffee house in Americus will be the site of pickup for folks who order sweet potato-pecan pies baked fresh by our friends from Koinonia Farm.  Yum.

Nov. 26th-27th-28th – Please note that our office, roastery, and coffee house will be closed on these days so that we can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday break with our family and friends.  Hope that you can do the same.  Feel free to leave us a voicemail during this time if you need to place an order or ask a question.  We’ll be back to work on Monday, Nov. 30th.

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